Meeting With Georgia, Ukraine
On 4 December, the ministers will meet with two of NATO's partners, Georgia and Ukraine, which, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, both "face serious security challenges from Russia."
The meeting will take place following the recent incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea when three Ukrainian ships illegally crossed the Russian maritime border. The vessels were seized by Russia after failing to respond to a demand to stop.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the incident was a provocation prepared in advance as a pretext to introduce martial law in Ukraine ahead of the country’s presidential election, expected to take place in late March.
"This Treaty eliminated an entire category of weapons, but it has been put in jeopardy by Russia," Stoltenberg said as quoted by NATO, adding that the United States was in full compliance with the treaty.
Moscow has rejected the US accusations, stressing that scrapping the nuclear agreement would force Russia to take measures to ensure its own security.
Situations in Middle East, North Africa, Other Issues
The meeting will also focus on security challenges coming from the Middle East and North Africa, with the ministers expected to discuss the alliance’s support to its partners in the region, according to NATO.
The ministerial meeting will conclude with a session of all countries contributing to NATO's Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan, which aims to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.