Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), speaking on Wednesday, November 30, at a press conference in Bucharest, said that the condition for starting the process of Ukraine’s accession to NATO is victory in the war with Russia.
“Whatever you think about when Ukraine can become a member (NATO), the precondition for this issue to be on the table at all is a Ukrainian victory. And we are currently helping to make that happen. Allies during the meeting made it clear that they are ready to maintain support for advanced military equipment, ammunition, fuel, everything that Ukrainians need for self-defense. This is the immediate, most important task for the allies, “Interfax-Ukraine quoted Stoltenberg as saying.
The NATO Secretary General stressed that for the victory of Ukraine, the allies should mobilize as much as possible when it comes to military, economic, financial, humanitarian support for Ukraine.
“That is exactly what we are doing. If Ukraine does not win as an independent, sovereign state, then, of course, the issue of membership will not be on the table at all, because we will no longer have a candidate for membership in the person of Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.
“We must develop a closer partnership – both political and practical – with Ukraine. This will strengthen their institutions, help them move from Soviet equipment standards to NATO modern equipment doctrines. This is good for Ukraine, to increase mutual compatibility. But it will also help Ukraine get closer to membership,” Stoltenberg said.