30 May 2020

NATO meeting agrees on measures to fight coronavirus

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The NATO's foreign ministers meeting on Thursday agreed on measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the military alliance said. reports citing Turkish media.

“NATO was created to deal with crises”, Jens Stoltenberg said following the videoconference meeting, adding the alliance is coordinating and supporting national efforts against the pandemic.

The ministers agreed to task the NATO’s top commander Gen. Tod D. Walters to direct the necessary military support to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to a NATO statement.

In the upcoming weeks, NATO countries will assess their airlift capacities to ensure that medical supplies are delivered in a coordinated way.

They will also check their other surplus capacities or stocks in order to better match support requests from allies and partners.

NATO defense ministers will meet in mid-April via videoconference to discuss the results of the assessments and the long-term effects of the coronavirus.

NATO allies have already provided help by airlifting critical medical supplies, providing medical personnel and equipment, as well as ensuring transparent and timely information, Stoltenberg said.

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