Mehaj attends meeting of Ukraine Defense Contact Group

Kosovo’s Minister of Defense Armend Mehaj participated on Monday in the meeting of the ministers of 44 countries of the world, chaired by the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, within the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine.

The U.S. Embassy in Prishtina published a photo and introductory video of this meeting, in which Kosovo is participating as a new member.

“Today, the Kosovar Minister of Defense, Armend Mehaj, virtually joined the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, and colleagues from countries around the world, committed to helping Ukraine in its fight against the Russian occupiers. This is the second meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group,” the embassy said in a statement.

“Kosovo continues to demonstrate its leadership and solidarity with the people of Ukraine - by strengthening U.S. and EU sanctions, and by providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and journalists. Also, condemning the unjust, unprovoked, and murderous actions of Russia.”

Mehaj wrote after the meeting that Kosovo, as a country that has experienced injustice, like Ukraine, has not had a difficult time standing by it and against Russian aggression.

“We fully support the sanctions of the allied countries against Russia, and we are also ready to offer our support in coordination with NATO, the EU, shelter for refugees and journalists who are endangered every day by the Russian aggressor who does not want the world to understand the genocide that is happening,” Mehaj wrote on Facebook.