Berlin: Informal Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană has set out the priorities of a two-day Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers in Berlin.

''We are at a moment of significant changes in European security, and NATO stands strong in support of Ukraine, and in defending the one billion people living in our Allied Nations,'' he said.

''Yesterday evening, we were joined by the Swedish and Finnish Foreign Ministers. We know and we fully respect the democratic processes taking place in these two vibrant democracies, and if they will decide to seek membership, I am confident that Allies will look constructively and positively for their membership into this Alliance,'' he added.

The enlargement of Nato needs the agreement of all the existing 30 countries and so far Turkey has indicated that it could present a stumbling block.

Although Turkey's President Erdogan has said he will veto the enlargement, the Turkish foreign minister attending the meeting was reportedly in good spirits.

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