‘Ukraine will eventually be in NATO’: Stoltenberg

„There is no doubt that Ukraine will eventually be in NATO,” the alliance’s secretary general has said.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.PAP/EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Jens Stoltenberg made the remark in an interview with Germany’s Funke media group, published on Sunday, the France24 website reported.

The NATO chief said he was confident Ukraine would join NATO at some point in the future. 

He stated: “There is no doubt that Ukraine will eventually be in NATO.”

In July, NATO leaders pledged in the Vilnius Summit Communiqué that “that Ukraine will become a member of NATO,” and that “Ukraine’s path to full Euro-Atlantic integration has moved beyond the need for the Membership Action Plan.”

They also unveiled a multi-year assistance programme “to facilitate the transition of the Ukrainian armed forces from Soviet-era to NATO standards” and established a new NATO-Ukraine Council, as further measures to “bring Ukraine closer” to the alliance, according to officials.

NATO leaders also pledged: “We will be in a position to extend an invitation to Ukraine to join the Alliance when Allies agree and conditions are met.”

Asked by reporters what conditions Ukraine needed to meet for membership, Stoltenberg said at the time that one dimension was having “good governance … modern defence and security institutions,” and “the other issue is the ongoing war in Ukraine.”

The NATO summit in Vilnius adopted a framework paving the way for long-term security guarantees for Ukraine to deter Russian aggression, the DW website reported.

Ukraine pledged to improve government policies which included judicial and economic reforms as well as improving transparency, according to news outlets.

‘We must prepare for long war in Ukraine’: NATO chief

In Sunday’s interview, Stoltenberg also cautioned that “there will not be a swift end to the war in Ukraine,” France24 reported.

NATO’s secretary general said: „Most wars last longer than expected when they first begin. Therefore we must prepare ourselves for a long war in Ukraine.”

Stoltenberg added: “”We are all wishing for a quick peace. But at the same time we must recognise: if President (Volodymyr) Zelensky and the Ukrainians stop fighting, their country will no longer exist. If President (Vladimir) Putin and Russia lay down their weapons, we will have peace.”

The NATO chief’s words came as Ukraine pushed on with  its counteroffensive against Russia’s invading army, news outlets reported.

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Source: PAPdw.comfrance24.com

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