NATO assures that they will be on Ukraine’s side as long as necessary.
NATO has assured that it will support Ukraine / UNIAN collage, photo photo president.gov.ua, ua.depositphotos.com
All member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agree that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance in the future. According to the correspondent of UNIAN, the Secretary General of NATO said this Jens Stoltenberg said at the beginning of the meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine (“Ramstein-16”), which is taking place at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
“We must implement a long-term program to ensure that history does not repeat itself. In this regard, all allies agree that Ukraine will become a member of NATO,” Stoltenberg emphasized.
The Secretary General of the Alliance reminded that at the July summit in Vilnius, the member states removed the requirement for Ukraine to implement the Action Plan on membership.
“We presented a program to make the Armed Forces of Ukraine fully compatible with future allies,” Stoltenberg said.
In addition, he reminded that the Ukraine-NATO Council was started, where all countries, together with Ukraine, are equal participants.
The Secretary General of the Alliance noted that Ukraine’s struggle is NATO’s struggle, Ukraine’s security is NATO’s security, and Ukraine’s values are NATO’s values.
“We will act on the side of Ukraine as long as necessary,” Stoltenberg said.
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As UNIAN reported, on September 28, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that currently Ukraine and NATO member states are already de facto allies. At a joint briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Kyiv, the president emphasized that Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance is only a matter of time.
On July 12, 2023, the leaders of the “Big Seven” countries (G7, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Canada, France and Italy) agreed on a declaration of security support for Ukraine within the framework of the Vilnius NATO summit. Thus, the G7 countries started the process of negotiations with Ukraine on defining long-term security obligations for it.
The declaration can be joined by all countries that wish to undertake obligations to provide security guarantees to Kyiv.
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