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COVID-19 related issues discussed at NATO meeting

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Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist attended a meeting of NATO defence ministers on 18 June concerning the affect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Alliance’s members and partner countries. The meeting was also attended by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, as well as the defence ministers of Finland and Australia.

The NATO defence ministers meeting was conducted via video link, and the agenda included the support contributed by NATO to its allies and partners during the COVID-19 crisis. The defence ministers also discussed how the pandemic affected NATO’s missions and operations, and the geopolitical challenges presented by the crisis.

Other matters discussed were efforts to counter disinformation and false information in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and how to maintain the resilience and civil preparedness in society.