Ukraine and NATO agree to implement joint projects in the defence industry. Head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kuleba said this in Brussels on Wednesday, 29 November, following his participation in the NATO-Ukraine Council, which was held for the first time at the level of Foreign Ministers.
“It is time for strategic decisions. Strong and sustained support for Ukraine will bring victory and the end of the war closer,” the Minister said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stressed the urgent need to strengthen the European defence industry through the creation of a common European defence industry space, which would bring together the industries of the Euro-Atlantic community and like-minded countries.
The Minister reminded that Ukraine had held a successful Defence Industries Forum in September, bringing together 252 of the world’s leading defence companies and launching dozens of partnerships with Ukrainian manufacturers.
“Ukraine has already multiplied its own arms production. Now we need your decisions in the same direction. As quickly and decisively as possible,” urged Dmytro Kuleba.
The Minister noted that Ukraine currently needed air superiority, improved electronic warfare, counter-battery capabilities, new mine countermeasures and enhanced training capabilities.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister called on NATO Allies to further strengthen Ukraine’s air defences to protect Ukrainian cities and towns, and to provide additional howitzers, artillery systems, MLRS, armoured vehicles, drones and long-range missiles.
The Minister thanked NATO Allies for their military support to Ukraine, welcomed the creation of the air defence coalition and called on all nations to provide resources to strengthen it.
Following the meeting, the NATO-Ukraine Council at the level of Foreign Ministers adopted a statement, the key provisions of which included the development of new projects in the defence industry, the development and implementation of modern technological solutions, support for humanitarian demining efforts and the medical rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers.