NATO defense ministers to meet Feb. 14-15 to discuss sending tanks to Ukraine

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NATO defense ministers will meet on February 14-15 in Brussels to discuss the shipment of tanks to Ukraine, after Germany and the United States confirmed that they will supply these military systems to Kiev.

The Atlantic Council at the level of defense ministers will hold a double meeting, chaired as usual by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, which will be marked by the decision to supply battle tanks to Ukraine.

The delivery of tanks is not carried out under the NATO umbrella, but it is the allies who make their commitments to Kiev according to their capabilities and the needs expressed by the Ukrainian army.

To this end, the Contact Group for Ukraine was created, an international coalition of more than 40 countries led by Washington with a view to coordinating the delivery of weapons to Kiev. This group will also meet at the headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance on the 14th, in the margins of the NATO ministerial.

Kiev supports the creation of a «coalition of tanks» and has particularly welcomed the shipments announced Wednesday by the German and U.S. governments, which are offering between them more than fifty armored vehicles to reinforce the Ukrainian military capacity.

Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been calling for a greater commitment from allied countries to counter Russian attacks almost a year after the beginning of the invasion, spoke on Wednesday by telephone about this new aid.