The sides noted “the importance of maintaining NATO’s powerful deterrence and defense capabilities.”

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Saturday discussed by phone the provision of assistance to Ukraine and the maintenance of the defense potential of the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as its strategic concept. This is stated in a written statement by the head of the press service of the U.S. Department of State, Ned Price.

As follows from the document, Blinken and Stoltenberg talked about the “meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO countries in Berlin on May 14-15.” They criticized the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and “confirmed the support of the Ukrainian people and the territorial integrity” of the country.

In addition, Blinken and Stoltenberg noted “the importance of maintaining NATO’s powerful deterrence and defense capabilities.” “They discussed preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid on June 28-30, including the new strategic concept of NATO, according to which the alliance will operate in the next ten years,” Price added.