National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  They welcomed Turkiye’s recent approval of Sweden’s NATO membership and expressed a shared desire to see Sweden join the Alliance as soon as possible.  Secretary General Stoltenberg noted NATO’s Allies’ unflinching support for Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against Russian aggression.  Mr. Sullivan and the Secretary General discussed planning for the July 2024 NATO Summit in Washington and NATO’s improved military readiness as a record number of Allies are on track to meet the two percent defense spending pledge in 2024. They exchanged views on Allied progress in ramping up defense production and expressed concern over the DPRK’s export and Russia’s procurement of DPRK military equipment, as well as Russia’s use of this equipment against Ukraine.  They also underscored Allies’ shared commitment to military readiness and to defending every inch of NATO territory.


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