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"Protecting Europe without Ukraine is a futile endeavor": NATO-Ukraine Council meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers kicks off. Key statements

Kuleba says that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are de facto NATO's army

On November 29, the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council at the level of foreign ministers started in Brussels. At the meeting, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked all of our country's partners for their continued support and emphasized the need to continue providing assistance.

He said this during a briefing at the event, LB.ua reported. At the end of the meeting, its participants will issue a joint statement that will reflect the entire content of the discussions.

During the briefing, Kuleba called for the creation of a Euro-Atlantic common defense industry space. He emphasized that this is not only a way to continue to provide assistance to Ukraine at the appropriate level, but also to guarantee the security and defense capabilities of NATO member states.

Regarding the level of support for Ukraine from Slovakia and the slowdown in the allocation of new aid from the United States, he noted that Ukraine will address problematic issues when they arise.

"When a real problem arises, we solve it. But politics is politics, and people say different things. Yesterday I had a productive meeting with the Slovak Foreign Minister and I can say that we understand each other perfectly," the minister said.

The service center for Ukrainian heavy equipment in Slovakia will continue to operate, and contracts between Ukrainian and Slovak arms manufacturing companies will be extended, Kuleba assured.

He added that Ukraine's victory is in the interests of the entire Euro-Atlantic community, as "the defense of Europe without Ukraine is a futile endeavor."

At the meeting, Kuleba also noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have largely become a NATO army due to their power and management principles. The Foreign Minister also denies the deadlock at the front and insists that there is no alternative to Ukraine regaining control over its entire territory.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine is de facto a NATO army," the minister said.

Earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the 12th package of sanctions that the European Union is preparing to impose on Russia includes measures that will prevent the aggressor from producing missiles and drones. At the same time, the possibility of combining the efforts of Ukraine and the European Union to produce weapons and ammunition is being discussed.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the European Commission approved a proposal to ban the sale of diamonds from Russia in the 12th package of EU sanctions, which could affect the aggressor's economy. Now the initiative will be sent for approval by the EU member states. The decision is expected to be made in the coming days.

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