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NATO statement likely to criticize China over support for Russia, draft shows

NATO allies will pledge to support Ukraine on an “irreversible path” to alliance membership and call on China to cease all support for Russia’s war effort against Kiev, according to a draft joint statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday (10).

China has become a key enabler of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine and Beijing continues to pose systemic challenges to Europe and its security, according to a draft communique developed at a NATO summit in Washington.

NATO countries intend to provide Ukraine with a minimum of 40 billion euros in funding next year and establish a mechanism to coordinate the supply of military equipment and training to Ukraine, according to a preview of the document.

The allies must also commit to supporting Ukraine on its path to full Euro-Atlantic integration, including NATO membership, it said. An invitation to join the alliance will be extended to Kiev when the allies agree and the conditions are met, the draft said.

The draft also discusses the importance of the Indo-Pacific Ocean for NATO, as developments in the region directly affect Euro-Atlantic security, and the alliance welcomes enhanced cooperation with Asia-Pacific partners to support Ukraine, the draft said.

NATO is also concerned about developments in China’s space capabilities and activities and urges Beijing to engage in strategic discussions on risk reduction, the draft said.

The allies are ready to maintain channels of communication with Moscow to mitigate risks and avoid escalation of conflicts, according to the advance statement.

NATO countries sign the summit’s final document on Thursday (11) in Washington, celebrating the alliance’s 75th anniversary.

Source: CNN Brasil

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