On February 12th and 13th, a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers, attended by the Minister of National Defense of Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho took place in Brussels.
During the ministerial meeting, several topics were debated, including NATO presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, NATO-EU cooperation and the new Russian missiles systems.
As for Iraq, Ministries agreed on the need to reinforce NATO's training mission, with NATO's Secretary General stressing that this non-combat mission's main goal is to increase the capabilities of the Iraqi armed forces so that they can become autonomous in the near future. To achieve this goal, it is essential to have the support of the Iraqi government.
Ministries also discussed topics such as cooperation between NATO and the European Union,with the new High Representative and Vice-President for the EU, Josep Borrell, and the Ministries of Defense of Finland and Sweden.
On the sidelines of the official program, NATO Defense Ministries also had the opportunity to meet with Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Zagorodnyuk.