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UPDATE: B9 FMs discuss security amid Ukraine war

01.04.2022 00:05
Top diplomats from nine countries on the eastern edge of NATO met in Bratislava on Thursday to discuss security in the region amid Russia's war against Ukraine, officials said.
Photo:Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/gov.pl

The talks in the Slovak capital by the Bucharest Nine (B9) group of NATO allies focused on efforts to strengthen the eastern flank of the Western military alliance in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Meeting participants also discussed humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine, according to officials.

Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński represented Poland at the meeting, which was also attended by NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană and the US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Karen Donfried, the IAR news agency reported.

"Participants of the meeting in Bratislava voiced support for Ukraine and for further strengthening of the eastern flank and NATO's strategic adaptation towards Russia's belligerent actions," the Polish foreign ministry said in a tweet in English.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba joined the meeting via video link, reporters were told.

The Bucharest Nine (B9) is a Polish-Romanian initiative launched in 2015 that aims to help exchange views and coordinate positions on the security of NATO’s eastern-flank countries. It brings together Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, and Slovakia.


Source: IAR, PAP, gov.pl