The foreign Ministers met in Washington on Thursday, April 4, to mark 70 years since the founding of NATO. “For seven decades, NATO has again and again increased its efforts to ensure the safety of our people, and we will continue to work together to prevent conflicts and to preserve peace,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
With regard to security in the black sea region, the Ministers agreed on a new package of measures to enhance the situational awareness of NATO and strengthening the support of partners of the Alliance in the region, Georgia and Ukraine. This support may include training of naval forces and coast guard port visits and exercises, and exchange of information.
This is stated on the website of the Alliance.
The Ministers also discussed Russia’s continued violation of the Treaty on nuclear forces medium-range missiles (INF). The allies have again called on Russia to return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty, and discussed further steps if Russia does not return to compliance. The Secretary-General stressed that any response will be “measured and coordinated”, and NATO does not intend to deploy nuclear land-based missiles in Europe, but added that NATO would continue “to maintain a reliable and effective deterrence and defense.”