The NATO-Ukraine Council convened on Wednesday (10 January 2024) in response to the recent surge in Russian air strikes against Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure.
The meeting, called following Russia’s escalated use of ballistic missiles sourced from North Korea and drones from Iran, saw NATO allies strongly condemning these actions.
During the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting, NATO allies reaffirmed their commitment to bolstering Ukraine’s air defences. Already, a significant array of air defence systems have been delivered to Ukraine.
In a recent initiative, through NATO, allies are procuring up to 1,000 Patriot air defence missiles to replenish their stockpiles while continuing to enhance Ukraine’s air defences. Germany has contributed Patriot and Skynex air defence systems along with additional missiles for IRIS-T air defences, and the United Kingdom is dispatching around 200 air defence missiles to Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated, “NATO strongly condemns Russian missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian civilians, including with weapons from North Korea and Iran. For a second year in a row, Putin is trying to wear down Ukraine with mass strikes, but he will not succeed. Russia’s campaign of cruelty only strengthens Ukraine’s resolve. As Moscow intensifies its strikes on Ukrainian cities and civilians, NATO Allies are boosting Ukraine’s air defences. We will continue to stand by the brave Ukrainians as they push back against Russia’s war of aggression.”
The meeting, held at the ambassadorial level, was convened at the request of Ukraine and chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.