NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbergcelebrated this Wednesday that Ukraine is “ever closer” to the Alliance, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dimitro Kulebahas highlighted that the Ukrainian forces are becoming “practically a ‘de facto’ NATO army” in terms of “technical capacity, management, approaches and principles.”
“All allies agree that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance and now we need to discuss the way forward: reform efforts and how NATO can support their implementation.”Stoltenberg recalled in the joint statement that both offered this Wednesday in Brussels prior to the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council within the framework of the Foreign Ministerial.
The ministers will also address, together with their Ukrainian counterpart, the urgent needs on the battlefield and will reaffirm their solidarity with Kiev “not only with words, but also with deeds,” according to Stoltenberg, who has conveyed his “great admiration” to Ukraine. in the face of political leadership, bravery and the fact that he forced Russian forces to retreat and inflicted “heavy losses” on the invaders. “These are great victories for Ukraine, but we should not underestimate Russia,” he added.
In this sense, Kuleba has stressed that Ukraine’s victory is not only of interest to Kiev, but to the entire Euro-Atlantic community before pointing out that “defending Europe without Ukraine is a useless task”, since he considers that, currently, they have the army “strongest and bravest in Europe.”
“We are increasing our interoperability with NATO and we are practically becoming a ‘de facto’ NATO army in terms of technical capacity, management, approaches and principles,” he stressed, in addition to celebrating that this Wednesday Ukraine and the allies They will sit at the table “as equals” at the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine council.
At this meeting, Kuleba will urge ministers to ask them to create a common defense area in order to “ensure the sustainability of security industries, increase production and work as a holistic complex for the Euro-Atlantic community.”
Aware that increasing arms production requires “very technical and professional” work in this area, he has assured that he does not see a “lack of will” on the part of the allies to maintain Ukraine’s support in the long term. although he has been annoyed with those who believe that Kiev should make concessions to Moscow for the sake of a peace agreement: “It is always easy to ask others to give in, but first they should do it themselves,” he added upon his arrival at the meeting.
(With information from Europa Press)