British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has held meetings in The Hague, Brussels and Berlin amid tensions with Russia.
According to a Government press release, with the continuing Russian threat to the people and sovereignty of Ukraine, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace held talks with his counterparts in the Netherlands and Germany this week, as well as with the NATO Secretary-General, to discuss a coordinated NATO response.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was quoted as saying:
“Germany and the Netherlands are great friends of the United Kingdom. From my meetings with Ministers Ollongren and Lambrecht, and my discussions with Secretary Stoltenberg, I have no doubt that NATO is united in its determination to uphold European Security and that any further Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a strategic mistake met by swift and severe consequences.”
After holding discussions with the Dutch Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren in the Hague, the Secretary of State travelled on to Brussels for talks with the Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod D. Wolters.
“He then travelled to Berlin for his first visit since the formation of the new German government and the appointment of the new German defence minister, Christine Lambrecht. He was welcomed to the Defence Ministry by a military guard of honour before laying a wreath at the memorial.”