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NATO, together with the European Union, stands by the brave people of Ukraine, defending the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and the right to self-defense

– said Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council.

Ursula von der Leyen described the work of the European Union and NATO as “still closely complementary”, but this crisis brings the two organizations closer.

It is our common duty to confront the worst aggression in Europe in decades. Our unity is our greatest strength. Moscow knows this well, so it does everything in its power to divide us, but it has achieved just the opposite. We are more united and determined than ever. We are a union, an alliance, united in one goal

Stoltenberg noted in his speech.

According to the president, the new package of sanctions against Russia, which the leaders of EU member states will discuss at their meeting on Thursday evening, will “severely harm the Russian economy, increase capital outflows, increase inflation, and gradually weaken the Russian economy.” The country’s industrial base.

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, in his speech called on Belarus not to participate in the Russian military attack on Ukraine.

Minsk has a chance not to follow Moscow’s destructive behavior and take part in the campaign against its Ukrainian neighbors

announced.

Russia is ready to deal with economic sanctions, the Russian news agency said. According to the HCLU, after a joint press conference between EU and NATO organizations, the Russian government said it was ready to protect its financial services and companies from all economic sanctions.

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Boris Johnson previously said that the UK is also introducing a massive package of sanctions against the Russian economy.