NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg refrained from answering a question on Tuesday whether it would be good for NATO countries to participate in the meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Skopje because of the expected presence there of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The OSCE organizes its meetings independently, this organization has had an important role to play for years. I have no advice to the organizers of the meeting, he said at a press conference after the first day of the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

Stoltenberg noted that today the foreign ministers discussed support for Ukraine and reaffirmed that aid will not decrease. He added that tomorrow Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will join the meeting.

Borrell to travel to OSCE meeting in Skopje, but will not talk to Lavrov

In response to a question, the Secretary General specified that Finland had not requested support from NATO to protect the border with Russia after the increase in the migration flow. He expressed his expectation that the assistance provided by the EU would be sufficient.

Stoltenberg said NATO foreign ministers welcomed the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. He expressed hope that the cessation of fighting would be further extended, which would create an opportunity to exchange more hostages and deliver new amounts of humanitarian aid.

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