According to Wilmes, the killings committed in Bucha are just the “tip of the iceberg.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès attended the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday. This two-day meeting focused on the ongoing war in Ukraine, its latest developments, as well as issues related to this conflict that directly affect the Alliance, in particular in the long term, to be discussed during the upcoming Madrid summit at the end of June.

The head of diplomacy stressed the fact that the killings committed in Bucha, Ukraine, were just the tip of the iceberg. She stressed that she supports Ukraine. Mrs. Wilmes also said to herself: “shocked by the atrocities committed in Ukraine,” which she strongly condemns.

On Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister took part in a working meeting between the three Benelux countries and the three Baltic countries. Ms Wilmès highlighted Belgium’s renewed commitment to protecting the airspace of the Baltic Sea with its combat aircraft. “The complementarity between the European Union and NATO must also continue,” the head of diplomacy believes.

Belgium will actively participate in the DIANA initiativedefense innovation accelerator for the North Atlantic with several research and development centers and an incubator.

On Thursday, the first working session was held in the presence of nine partners, including Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Take the side of the aggressor by abstaining

Discussions focused on consequences of the invasion of Ukraine for world balance sheetsbut also the controversial role played by China in this conflict, according to Belgian diplomacy.

Ms. Wilmes believes that it is necessary to intensify efforts in the international arena in order to convince other countries to clearly condemn Russia’s actions and not leave them without consequences.

“Given what is happening now in Ukraine, to refrain from direct condemnation of this war is tantamount to going over to the side of the aggressor. What happened at the UN General Assembly last March was unprecedented: a broad coalition of 141 states deplored Russian aggression and called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine through a resolution. This coalition should not only exist, but also expand. Our diplomatic efforts should be directed in this direction, in Africa, Asia and South America. It’s time for China to get out of ambivalence too” she explains.

In the afternoon, the second meeting, limited by the Allies, summed up the assistance to be provided to Ukraine. Belgium supports NATO’s current approach of not being a party to a conflict. This should not prevent Allies individually from providing all necessary support for Ukraine’s right to self-defence. Sophie Wilmes expressed Belgium’s desire to increase assistance to Ukraine.

The head of diplomacy stressed the fact that the killings committed in Bucha, Ukraine, were just the tip of the iceberg. She stressed that she supports Ukraine. Ms Wilmes also said she was “stunned by the atrocities committed in Ukraine”, which she strongly condemns. On Wednesday, the Deputy Prime Minister took part in a working meeting between the three Benelux countries and the three Baltic countries. Ms Wilmès highlighted Belgium’s renewed commitment to protecting the airspace of the Baltic Sea with its combat aircraft. “The complementarity between the European Union and NATO must also continue,” the head of diplomacy believes. Belgium will actively participate in the DIANA initiative, a defense innovation accelerator for the North Atlantic with several separate research and development centers and an incubator. On Thursday, the first working session was held in the presence of nine partners, including Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Discussions focused on the implications of the Ukraine invasion for the global balance sheet, as well as China’s controversial role in the conflict, according to Belgian diplomacy. Ms. Wilmes believes that it is necessary to intensify efforts in the international arena in order to convince other countries to clearly condemn Russia’s actions and not leave them without consequences. “Given what is happening now in Ukraine, to refrain from explicitly condemning this war means actually taking the side of the aggressor. What happened at the UN General Assembly last March was unprecedented, when a broad coalition of 141 states expressed regret over the Russian aggression and calling for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine through a resolution. This coalition must not only endure, it must also expand. Our diplomatic efforts must go in this direction, in Africa, Asia and South America. “, she explains. In the afternoon, at the second meeting, limited by the Allies, the assistance to be provided to Ukraine was summed up. Belgium supports the current approach of NATO not to be a party to the conflict. This should not prevent the Allies individually from providing all necessary support for Ukraine’s right to self-defence Sophie Wilmès expressed Belgium’s desire to increase aid to Ukraine.

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