NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has already announced a more than seven-fold increase to the number of troops being placed on high alert to more than 300,000.
Mr Stoltenberg called the move “the biggest overhaul of our collective defence and deterrence since the Cold War”.
‘Our 1937 moment’
“We’re not at war. We must act rapidly so that we aren’t drawn into one through a failure to contain territorial expansion.”
Backing the position of heavily arming Ukraine to respond to Russia, he said the UK army would be mobilising over coming years “to help prevent war in Europe by being ready to fight and win alongside our NATO allies”.
Australia considers reopening Kyiv embassy
A temporary office was set up in Lviv with officials also working from Poland to help Australians fleeing the fighting.
He said he still considering an invitation to visit Kyiv as other leaders have done such as US President Joe Biden and soon Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Pathway cleared to resume trade talks with EU
Later this week, he is set to visit Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (left) and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speak during a bilateral meeting ahead of the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Madrid, Spain. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch
He said the scrapped submarine deal with France’s Naval Group and previous position on climate change had hindered the trade negotiations with the EU.
Additional reporting: AAP