We, the Heads of State and Authorities of the 30 NATO Allies, have met at present to handle Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, the gravest menace to Euro-Atlantic safety in a long time. Russia’s conflict towards Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and is inflicting huge human struggling and destruction.
We condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine within the strongest doable phrases. We name on President Putin to right away cease this conflict and withdraw army forces from Ukraine, and name on Belarus to finish its complicity, in step with the Aggression Towards Ukraine Decision adopted on the UN Common Meeting of two March 2022. Russia ought to adjust to the 16 March ruling by the UN Worldwide Courtroom of Justice and instantly droop army operations. Russia’s assault on Ukraine threatens world safety. Its assault on worldwide norms makes the world much less secure. President Putin’s escalatory rhetoric is irresponsible and destabilizing.
Ukrainians have impressed the world with heroic resistance to Russia’s brutal conflict of conquest. We strongly condemn Russia’s devastating assaults on civilians, together with ladies, kids, and individuals in weak conditions. We’ll work with the remainder of the worldwide neighborhood to carry accountable these chargeable for violations of humanitarian and worldwide legislation, together with conflict crimes. We’re deeply involved in regards to the elevated threat of sexual violence and human trafficking. We urge Russia to permit fast, secure, and unhindered humanitarian entry and secure passage for civilians, and to permit for humanitarian support to be delivered to Mariupol and different besieged cities. We additionally condemn assaults towards civilian infrastructure, together with these endangering nuclear energy vegetation. We’ll proceed to counter Russia’s lies about its assault on Ukraine and expose fabricated narratives or manufactured “false flag” operations to organize the bottom for additional escalation, together with towards the civilian inhabitants of Ukraine. Any use by Russia of a chemical or organic weapon could be unacceptable and end in extreme penalties.
Russia wants to indicate it’s severe about negotiations by instantly implementing a ceasefire. We name on Russia to interact constructively in credible negotiations with Ukraine to attain concrete outcomes, beginning with a sustainable ceasefire and shifting in direction of a whole withdrawal of its troops from Ukrainian territory. Russia’s persevering with aggression whereas discussions are going down is deplorable. We assist Ukraine’s efforts to attain peace, and people undertaken diplomatically by Allies to weigh in on Russia to finish the conflict and relieve human struggling.
We stand in full solidarity with President Zelenskyy, the federal government of Ukraine, and with the courageous Ukrainian residents who’re defending their homeland. We honour all these killed, injured, and displaced by Russia’s aggression, in addition to their households. We reaffirm our unwavering assist for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine inside its internationally acknowledged borders extending to its territorial waters.
Ukraine has a basic proper to self-defence beneath the United Nations Constitution. Since 2014, we have now offered in depth assist to Ukraine’s means to train that proper. Now we have educated Ukraine’s armed forces, strengthening their army capabilities and capacities and enhancing their resilience. NATO Allies have stepped up their assist and can proceed to supply additional political and sensible assist to Ukraine because it continues to defend itself. NATO Allies can even proceed to supply help in such areas as cybersecurity and safety towards threats of a chemical, organic, radiological, and nuclear nature. NATO Allies additionally present in depth humanitarian assist and are internet hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees. International Ministers will focus on additional our assist to Ukraine after they meet in April.
We’re united in our resolve to counter Russia’s makes an attempt to destroy the foundations of worldwide safety and stability. We’re holding Russia and Belarus to account. Huge sanctions and heavy political prices have been imposed on Russia so as to deliver an finish to this conflict. We stay decided to keep up coordinated worldwide strain on Russia. We’ll proceed to coordinate intently with related stakeholders and different worldwide organizations, together with the European Union. Transatlantic coordination stays essential for an efficient response to the present disaster.
We name on all states, together with the Folks’s Republic of China (PRC), to uphold the worldwide order together with the ideas of sovereignty and territorial integrity, as enshrined within the UN Constitution, to abstain from supporting Russia’s conflict effort in any manner, and to chorus from any motion that helps Russia circumvent sanctions. We’re involved by latest public feedback by PRC officers and name on China to stop amplifying the Kremlin’s false narratives, particularly on the conflict and on NATO, and to advertise a peaceable decision to the battle.
We stay dedicated to the foundational ideas underpinning European and world safety, together with that every nation has the correct to decide on its personal safety preparations free from outdoors interference. We reaffirm our dedication to NATO’s Open Door Coverage beneath Article 10 of the Washington Treaty.
We’re offering tailor-made assist to companions affected by Russian threats and interference and can step up our help to assist them resist Russian malign affect and strengthen their resilience, primarily based on our companions’ requests and our long-standing partnership programmes. In April, International Ministers will think about concrete proposals for enhancing our assist to those companions.
We’ll proceed to take all vital steps to guard and defend the safety of our Allied populations and each inch of Allied territory. Our dedication to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty is iron-clad.
In response to Russia’s actions, we have now activated NATO’s defence plans, deployed components of the NATO Response Pressure, and positioned 40,000 troops on our japanese flank, together with vital air and naval belongings, beneath direct NATO command supported by Allies’ nationwide deployments. We’re additionally establishing 4 further multinational battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. We’re taking all measures and choices to make sure the safety and defence of all Allies throughout all domains and with a 360-degree strategy. Our measures stay preventive, proportionate, and non-escalatory. We’ll now speed up NATO’s transformation for a extra harmful strategic actuality, together with via the adoption of the following Strategic Idea in Madrid. In mild of the gravest menace to Euro-Atlantic safety in a long time, we can even considerably strengthen our long term deterrence and defence posture and can additional develop the total vary of prepared forces and capabilities vital to keep up credible deterrence and defence. These steps can be supported by enhanced workout routines with an elevated give attention to collective defence and interoperability.
We’re rising the resilience of our societies and our infrastructure to counter Russia’s malign affect. We’re enhancing our cyber capabilities and defences, offering assist to one another within the occasion of cyber-attacks. We’re able to impose prices on those that hurt us in our on-line world, and are rising data trade and situational consciousness, enhancing civil preparedness, and strengthening our means to reply to disinformation. We can even improve our preparedness and readiness for chemical, organic, radiological and nuclear threats. We’ll take additional choices after we meet in Madrid.
The steps we’re taking to make sure the safety of our Alliance and of the Euro-Atlantic space would require satisfactory resourcing. Allies are considerably rising their defence expenditures. At the moment, we have now determined to speed up our efforts to fulfil our dedication to the Defence Funding Pledge in its entirety. In step with our dedication in Article 3 of the Washington Treaty, we’ll additional strengthen our particular person and collective capability to withstand all types of assault. At our assembly in Madrid, we’ll submit further plans on methods to meet the Pledge.
Russia’s unprovoked conflict towards Ukraine represents a basic problem to the values and norms which have introduced safety and prosperity to all on the European continent. President Putin’s option to assault Ukraine is a strategic mistake, with grave penalties additionally for Russia and the Russian individuals. We stay united and resolute in our willpower to oppose Russia’s aggression, support the federal government and the individuals of Ukraine, and defend the safety of all Allies.