VILNIUS – NATO member countries must ensure a stable supply of weapons, especially heavy ones, to Ukraine, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said after Tuesday's meeting of the Alliance's foreign ministers in Bucharest.
"The European security architecture is no longer conceivable without Ukraine, which proves every day its ability to defend itself and defend (others)," Landsbergis said in a press release.
"NATO members must ensure a stable supply of arms and especially heavy weapons to Ukraine, because only Ukraine's victory on the battlefield will stop the barbaric Russia and help regain the occupied territories," he said.
The press release came after NATO foreign ministers met in the Romanian capital to discuss Russia's aggression in Ukraine, and the Alliance's support for Kyiv.
The ministers also held a special session with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who joined them via a video link, to discuss Ukraine's needs as it defends itself against Russia, as well as the long-term allied support for the country, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.
"I have no doubt that the Alliance will add new members in the near future and that NATO's doors will remain open to the democracies that already uphold NATO values and defend the entire European continent," said Landsbergis.
The foreign ministers of Finland and Sweden joined the talks as NATO candidates for the first time.