NATO ambassadors held a regular meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken by NATO and Allies to curb its spread.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the swift response by Allies to the outbreak, stressing that "our forces remain ready to keep NATO nations safe," NATO press service reported.

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Stoltenberg further highlighted that NATO has robust measures and plans in place to ensure that the Alliance’s essential work continues.

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, underlined that mitigation measures continue to be taken, and that the Alliance’s ability to conduct its missions, operations and activities has not been affected – including air policing, maritime deployments, NATO's multinational battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, and operations from Afghanistan to Kosovo.