NATO Secretary General: Ukraine's NATO Membership Is Not Priority, Victory Is

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg notes that the Alliance's priority now is not Ukraine's membership but helping it to win the full-scale war against Russia.

According to the "European Pravda" reporter from Brussels, he told journalists about this on Wednesday at a press conference after the NATO ministerial meeting.

"As for Ukraine, NATO's position has not changed. We have said more than once that Ukraine will join the Alliance. But now, we focus on guaranteeing Ukraine's victory in the war. The only way for Ukraine's NATO integration is to ensure it prevails as a sovereign state," Stoltenberg noted.

He underlines that NATO allies are focused on ensuring that Ukraine "obtains the weapons, supplies, and ammunition it needs to oust the Russian invaders."

"We are also working on a longer-term partnership to help Ukraine transition from Soviet doctrines and weapons to NATO standards, improve interoperability, and carry out security and defence reform. This will bring Ukraine closer to the Alliance," added the Secretary General of the Alliance.

On September 30, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would sign an application for accelerated accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.

Lithuania's President, Gitanas Nausėda, expressed hope that new formulations on Ukraine's NATO membership (UKR) will be found at the Vilnius summit scheduled in July.

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