NATO remains determined to support Ukraine during the harsh winter amid Russia's shelling of Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Melanie Jolie, in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
"Russia is not at the negotiating table at all. And therefore our goal now is simply to strengthen Ukraine's position on the ground through military aid, intelligence exchange and financial support," Joly said.
"Because when we do that, we actually strengthen their position at the negotiating table. In the end, a diplomatic solution will be found. It's been like that in every conflict. But we're not there yet," she added.
Despite reports that Western allies are growing wary of continuing supplies of expensive weapons and concerned about the speed with which Ukraine is using up its ammunition, Joly said there was "strong support for Ukraine" ahead of the NATO summit.
She pointed to Canada's promise to allocate 500 million Canadian dollars for new military aid to Ukraine, announced at the G20 summit in Jakarta.
According to Joly, Russia's targeting of Ukraine's civil infrastructure, in particular power plants, has only strengthened support from allies.
"We must make sure that Ukrainians will be able to survive this difficult winter," she said, adding that the energy ministers of NATO countries are looking for ways to solve the looming energy crisis.
Although temperatures are hovering near freezing and expected to drop to -11 degrees Celsius in just over a week, international aid is increasingly focusing on items such as generators and auto transformers to ensure that power outages affecting for everything, from kitchens to operating rooms, were as long as possible and limited.
Over the next three days, top NATO officials and foreign ministers will gather in Bucharest, where the humanitarian aspects of the war in Ukraine will also be assessed.