EIn a statement released today, the US State Department informed that Blinken will be in the Belgian capital between April 5 and 7, and will use his presence in the city to meet with foreign policy officials from the G7 (US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan).
Blinken will remind partners of the Atlantic Alliance’s “important role” in maintaining security between Europe and North America and will provide a way to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for the invasion of Ukraine.
Top foreign policy officials will also explore options for ending the war in Ukraine, as well as ways to help the Ukrainian people.
The meeting of NATO ministers will take place in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday and will be chaired by the organisation’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that killed at least 1,325 civilians, including 120 children, and injured 2,017, including 168 minors, according to the latest United Nations data, which warns of a possible real number of civilian casualties. much higher.
The war caused the flight of more than 10 million people, including more than 4.1 million refugees in neighboring countries and an estimated 6.5 million displaced.
The United Nations estimates that about 13 million people need humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community at large, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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