Jens Stoltenberg (left) and Anita Anand (right). Image credit: Twitter handle
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Brussels (Belgium)/CMEDIA: Canada’s Defence Minister Anita Anand met North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg today and discussed her two-day trip to Ukraine and emphasized unwavering commitment to the Alliance and the rules-based international order.
Expressing their deep concern about the continuing Russian military buildup in and around Ukraine, Anand and Stoltenberg underscored the importance of continued coordination and collaboration among NATO Allies in the face of the current security environment in order to collectively help build a stronger and more resilient Alliance.
They also agreed to continuously provide strong political and practical support to Ukraine, including through Canada’s Operation UNIFIER.
UNIFIER was recently extended and expanded until the end of March 2025 and is helping Ukraine move towards greater NATO interoperability.
During the meeting, both of them discussed the priorities for the upcoming Defence Ministers’ Meeting, ways to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defence posture and Canada’s ongoing work to establish and host a NATO Centre of Excellence on Climate and Security.