NATO foreign ministers are meeting with partners from the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday, April 6, to discuss further measures to isolate Russia economically and diplomatically due to its invasion of Ukraine.

According to Nikkei Asia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand have been engaged in the two days of talks as NATO looks to counter China’s potential assistance to Russia.

NATO, the E.U., and the U.S. have repeatedly urged China to drop its intention to help Russia. The E.U. is concerned that China’s financial and military aid might prolong the Ukraine war. The bloc on Tuesday said attempts to talk with China at the virtual summit on April 1 were a ‘dialogue of the deaf.’

Besides the Ukraine war, NATO and Asia-Pacific nations have mutual security worries, including China’s growing influence, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea.

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