NATO Secretary-General: "We need to break the cycle of Russian aggression against the European countries"

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General

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# 18 February 2023 23:36 (UTC +04:00)

"NATO's position on membership for Ukraine is unchanged," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference, APA reports.

"We agreed back in 2008 that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance and that is still our position. Then, of course, what matters now is to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign, independent state, because without having Ukraine as a sovereign, independent state, there's no way to discuss any kind of relationship between NATO and Ukraine in the future.

So the urgent need is to provide military support as NATO Allies and partners are doing every day.

In that context, I also welcomed the initiative from Prime Minister Sunak to actually have a discussion about the framework we need to ensure an enduring peace after this war ends.

Because when the war ends, we need to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself, that Russia doesn't continue to invade Ukraine, because this is a pattern.

It started in 2008 with the invasion of Georgia, and then in 2014, Crimea and Donbas and then in last year, the full-fledged invasion of Ukraine. And we cannot allow Russia to continue to chip away European security and we need to break the cycle of Russian aggression against the European countries. And therefore we need, when this war ends, to establish some kind of framework that ensures that Russia's aggression doesn't continue," Stoltenberg said.