24 Jul 2023 13:51

NATO-Ukraine Council to meet on Wednesday at Zelensky's request addressed to Stoltenberg

MOSCOW. July 24 (Interfax) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is convening a NATO-Ukraine Council meeting on July 26 at Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's request, Ukrainian media reported with reference to Deutsche Welle.

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu said the parties would meet at the ambassadorial level to "consult on the latest developments and to discuss the transport of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea".

As reported, Zelensky had a phone call with Stoltenberg on Saturday to discuss, among other things, priority steps for unblocking the Black Sea grain corridor.

The same evening, Ukraine proposed urgently convening the NATO-Ukraine Council in light of the situation in the Black Sea.

"We also identified with Mr. Stoltenberg the priority and future steps necessary for unblocking and sustainable operation of the Black Sea grain corridor," Ukrainian media quoted Zelensky as saying in a statement.

"In our cooperation, we have moved to a new top level, the NATO-Ukraine Council level. I proposed to Jens that such a Council meeting be convened immediately for relevant crisis consultations. This meeting will take place within the next few days," he said.