According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukraine will be a “long-term” member of the military alliance. "NATO allies agree that Ukraine will become a member of the alliance," Stoltenberg said in Helsinki on Tuesday. However, this is "a long-term perspective," he added.
At the moment, the most important thing is to support Ukraine in the Russian war of aggression, Stoltenberg explained at a joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who added: "The faster we can deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine, the faster the war will end. We must support them for as long as possible.” But when the war is over, “we must ensure that history does not repeat itself,” stressed the NATO Secretary General.
Russian President Vladimir Putin should not continue to attack the neighboring country. "He wants to control Ukraine and he's not planning peace, he's planning more war," he added. Ukraine joining NATO would cross a red line for the Kremlin; Among other things, he justifies his war of aggression by saying that precisely this should not happen.
Stoltenberg urged NATO members Hungary and Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden's accession to the defense alliance: "The time has come for this." Hungary, ruled by Viktor Orban, recently postponed its decision until the end of March. Stoltenberg said NATO had not been given any specific reasons for this.
On Friday, NATO promised Ukraine further support in the fight against the Russian army on the anniversary of the start of the war. The military alliance said it was "determined" to continue to support Ukraine. On February 24, 2022, the Russian army invaded the neighboring country on the orders of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.
Already at the NATO summit in Bucharest in 2008, the alliance of Ukraine and Georgia had announced accession. “NATO welcomes the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO,” said the final declaration of the Bucharest NATO summit almost 15 years ago.