NATO’s Foreign Ministers are gathering in Brussels to tackle a range of pressing security issues, including the Middle East, Ukraine, China’s challenges, Sweden’s membership bid, and the situation in the Western Balkans. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted escalating tensions in the Western Balkans, emphasizing NATO’s commitment to maintaining stability in the region by increasing troops in Kosovo and collaborating closely with regional allies and partners to mitigate tensions.

Stoltenberg also addressed the situation in Ukraine, expressing concerns about intensified fighting and drone attacks. NATO reaffirms strong support for Ukraine, with Allies announcing additional support, including financial aid and military training initiatives. He stressed the significance of sustaining support for Ukraine to prevent violating international law and setting dangerous precedents for authoritarian leaders worldwide.

Regarding Sweden’s NATO membership bid, Stoltenberg welcomed President Erdoğan’s submission of ratification papers to the Turkish Parliament, urging prompt finalization for the benefit of Sweden, NATO, and Turkey.

The NATO Secretary General also acknowledged Ankara’s security concerns about terrorism and stressed the importance of collaboration in combating real threats. Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani is participating in the ministerial meeting.