The U.S. Secretary of State and the NATO Secretary General also reaffirmed support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke in favor of continuing the supply of weapons and military equipment to Ukraine by the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. This is stated in a statement by the head of the press service of the U.S. Department of State, Ned Price, which was distributed following the meeting of Blinken and Stoltenberg, held on Friday on the sidelines of the meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO member states in Brussels.

According to the information provided by Price, Blinken and Stoltenberg confirmed “strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” “They called on NATO allies and partners to continue responding to Ukraine’s requests for supplies and equipment to protect it from Russia’s unprovoked aggression,” Price says. In addition, according to him, the parties “welcomed the diplomatic initiatives of the Ukrainian President [Volodymyr] Zelenskiy, while condemning the continued belligerence of the President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin, escalation and refusal to conduct bona fide negotiations.”

Price added that Blinken also had a meeting with the head of the European Council Charles Michel in the Belgian capital. The parties “stressed the need to continue close coordination [of actions] between the U.S. and the EU” in connection with Russia’s operation in Ukraine, the representative of the State Department said. He stressed that Blinken and Michel confirmed the intention of the U.S. and the EU to “hold Russia accountable” for the operation and Belarus “for complicity” in it.