BERLIN – Eurovision and NATO are not usually associated, but on Sunday (May 15) the deputy head of the military alliance congratulated Ukraine on winning the annual music competition with a “beautiful song”, calling it a testament to their bravery in battle against Russia.
Foreign ministers of the 30-member NATO alliance met in Berlin on Sunday to discuss Finland and Sweden’s possible membership of the alliance and its strategy in the face of what NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana called Russia’s “unjustified” invasion of Ukraine designated.
“I want to congratulate Ukraine on winning the Eurovision contest. And that’s not something I take lightly. Because yesterday we saw the immense public support across Europe and Australia for the courage… Of course the song was beautiful, it’s beautiful,” said the diplomat.
Geoana took the helm on Sunday as his boss Jens Stoltenberg was unable to attend the meeting in Berlin after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
In Saturday’s marathon Eurovision song contest, The Kalush Orchestra defeated the UK with their entry ‘Stefania’, and Geoana tried to link his victory to Ukraine’s fight against Russia and the alliance’s solidarity with Kyiv.
Geoana said NATO wanted to send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that despite the start of the “most brutal and cynical” conflict since World War II, Ukraine continues to surprise the West with its bravery and the West with its unity.
“So I say that we are united. We are strong and (and) we will continue to help Ukraine win this war,” he said.
Moscow has described its actions as a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fueled by the West. Ukraine and its allies say Russia has started an unprovoked war.
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