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NATO’s Military Committee to discuss conflict in Ukraine, support to Kiev on January 18-19

The meeting will be attended by the 30 chiefs of defense and their counterparts from Sweden and Finland

BRUSSELS, January 2. /TASS/. NATO’s Military Committee will hold a meeting on January 18-19 in Brussels where the allied chiefs of defense will, among other things, discuss "early observations" from the conflict in Ukraine and ongoing support to Kiev, the military alliance said in a statement on Monday.

"NATO’s highest Military Authority, the Military Committee, will meet in person on 18-19 January 2023, in Brussels, Belgium," the statement reads. The meeting will be attended by the 30 chiefs of defense and their counterparts from Sweden and Finland.

The meeting will include a discussion on the conflict in Ukraine. "It will focus on early observations from the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the acceleration of the implementation of the NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept and the Warfare Development Agenda," according to the statement. "The Chiefs of Defense will discuss NATO’s military capacity and capability to defend the Alliance against all challenges, now and in the future." "The final session will see the Military Committee discuss NATO’s ongoing support to Ukraine," NATO added.

Also, the chiefs of defense will discuss "an update on the Alliance’s implementation of the Concept for the Deterrence and Defense of the Euro-Atlantic Area." According to the statement, "This ‘deter and defense strategy’ provides a common framework for military activity in peace, crisis, and conflict. It closely interlinks national plans with NATO military plans and takes into account threats and challenges specific to particular regions, domains, and functional areas."

Another session will "be on NATO Readiness and Sustainment of military forces, in particular risks and mitigations. This session will center on capability development, military stockpiles and logistics," the document specifies.

The meeting will be chaired by Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Committee, while the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, "will join the Military Committee for the first session to provide the latest political objectives and to discuss security challenges facing the Alliance," NATO concluded.