NATO holds video conference to discuss Coronavirus epidemic

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FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump and Poland's President Andrzej Duda talk during a working lunch during the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda talk during a working lunch during the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain, December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

NATO foreign affairs ministers held a video conference on Thursday to address their response to Covid-19, as the pandemic’s economic impact casts doubt on the alliance’s future defence budget.

It’s the first time in the Alliance’s history that such a gathering was held by videoconference.

Across the alliance, allied armed forces are supporting each other in the fight against the coronavirus.

“We are airlifting critical medical supplies from across the globe, providing medical personnel, essential materials, and vital equipment from military and civilian sources, and harnessing our medical, scientific, and technological knowledge and resources to help deliver innovative responses,” NATO said in  a press statement.

They added that “NATO remains active, focused and ready to perform its core tasks: collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security.” 

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