NATO foreign ministers are due on April 2 to discuss their countries’ response to the global coronavirus pandemic, while stressing that the alliance remains ready to defend itself against any threat.
The meeting will take place by video conference — a first in NATO’s 70-year history. The virtual format was chosen because of restrictions on travel and physical interaction imposed to contain the coronavirus.
Foreign ministers representing the 30-nation alliance are due to assess ways of coordinating pandemic response efforts more closely and reiterate NATO’s resolve and readiness to respond to any acts of aggression.
“Our primary objective is to ensure that this health crisis does not become a security crisis,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on April 1.
NATO has already helped deliver emergency supplies to its worst-hit members, such as Italy and Spain, while national armed forces are supporting domestic measures to combat the crisis.