A view of a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of foreign ministers gathered at NATO headquarters in Brussels, March 4, 2022.

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Heads of state representing NATO’s 30 member countries will discuss a face-to-face meeting in Brussels next week as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reaches the alliance’s doorstep with missiles fired just miles from the border with Poland, according to US and foreign officials .

The meeting, which would be labeled “extraordinary” by the alliance because it falls outside of regular appointments, would align with the White House’s preliminary plans for President Joe Biden to travel to Europe.

President Biden’s trip and the NATO meeting have yet to be finalized, these officials said, asking not to be named as plans have not yet been established.

The meeting would serve as a high-level display of power for NATO countries, which have forged stronger ties in response to Russia’s unprovoked attack on neighboring Ukraine. The US has vowed to defend the entirety of the alliance, even in the event of accidental fire.

“The United States will work with our allies to defend every inch of NATO territory, and that means every inch,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in an interview on Face the Nation on Sunday. “And if there was a military attack on NATO territory, it would lead to the invocation of Article Five, and we would deploy the full strength of the NATO alliance to respond.”

In recent weeks, Sullivan and Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Sec. Gene. Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, have visited Europe for bilateral meetings to strengthen relations as the Russian offensive intensifies.

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