Foreign Ministers renew support for Ukraine and discuss preparations for Vilnius Summit

A review of the informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, Norway, 31 May-1 June 2023

6 June 2023

This “informal” NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting discussed two main issues: (1) how to step up and sustain support for Ukraine, and especially how to address Ukraine's membership aspirations; and (2) preparations for the upcoming Vilnius Summit in July.

Many of the discussions mirrored those at the April Foreign Ministers meeting. The ministers reconfirmed strong support for Ukraine but the path towards membership remains vague with divisions remaining among member states. The ministers discussed upgrading the existing NATO-Ukraine Commission to a new NATO-Ukraine Council. Other discussions again centred on deepening cooperation with Indo-Pacific partners Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea and the perceived need to increase military spending. At the Vilnius Summit, a new military investment pledge is likely to be approved, with 2% “as a floor not a ceiling”.

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