NATO defense ministers to mull increasing defense spending

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General

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# 13 February 2023 17:28 (UTC +04:00)

NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels this week (14-15 February 2023) to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defense and step up and sustain for Ukraine, APA reports.

Previewing the meeting on Monday (13 February 2023), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted the urgency of delivering key capabilities to Ukraine before Russia can seize the initiative on the battlefield.

"We are in a race of logistics," he said, stressing that "speed will save lives." Ministers are expected to agree on a new level of ambition for NATO defense planning and address ways to increase defense industrial capacity and replenish stockpiles.

They will also take steps to increase the protection of critical undersea infrastructure and discuss ways to maintain and step up defense spending across the Alliance.

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