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First meeting of NATO-Ukraine Council to be held today

First meeting of NATO-Ukraine Council to be held today The NATO-Ukraine Council will meet at Kyiv's request (Photo: Getty Images)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has convened a Ukraine-NATO Council meeting at the request of Kyiv. The meeting will be held at the ambassadorial level and marks the first time Ukraine has made such a request, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu noted.

"The parties will meet to hold consultations on recent events and discuss the transportation of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea," the spokesperson said.

Ukraine-NATO council

After Russia withdrew from the "grain deal" and began attacking Ukrainian port infrastructure, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to urgently convene a Ukraine-NATO Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Black Sea.

In addition, on July 25, Zelenskyy met with officials ahead of the Ukraine-NATO Council meeting. The purpose was to prepare practical steps for implementing the Alliance's decisions in Vilnius. Zelenskyy brought together representatives from the Council and the government.

The decision to establish the Ukraine-NATO Council was made at the Alliance's summit in Vilnius. The first meeting at the level of heads of state took place on July 12 during the summit.