(Reuters) – The secretary-general of the Western military alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, said on Monday he expects the issue of the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine to be discussed at the upcoming two-day meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers, which begins on Tuesday.

“There is now an ongoing discussion also on the issue of aircraft and I hope that this will also be addressed tomorrow at the meeting in Brussels,” he said, adding that the supply of aircraft to Ukraine while the country is under attack by Russia needs urgent support on the ground.

Stoltenberg also stressed that the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine by NATO member states will not cause the alliance to become a party to the conflict.

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