Stoltenberg: "No final decisions were made today, but we made significant progress on three issues."

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General

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# 31 May 2024 18:47 (UTC +04:00)

"We have just concluded a productive meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers. Our discussions focused on our support for Ukraine," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference following the Informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Prague, APA reports.

We all want to stop this war. But the paradox is that the better we prepare for the long haul, the sooner the war can end. Russia must understand that it cannot wait us out.

No final decisions were made today, but we made significant progress on three issues.

First, NATO’s plans to play a greater coordinating role in the provision of equipment and training.

Practically all military aid to Ukraine – 99 percent – comes from NATO Allies.
So, it makes sense that NATO should play a greater role in these efforts.

This will enable us to use the NATO structures to put our support on a firmer footing,
provide more predictability to Kyiv, and address both immediate and longer-term needs.

Secondly, I have proposed that Allies commit to a multi-year financial pledge for Ukraine. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022, Allies have provided approximately 40 billion euros worth of military support to Ukraine each year.

We must maintain at least this level of support each year, for as long as necessary.

I have also proposed that Allies should share this burden equitably. This will improve accountability, and give Ukraine the predictability they need to plan for the long term.

Finally, we discussed Ukraine’s path to NATO membership. Allies agree that Ukraine’s future is in NATO. And we are determined to make progress in charting this path. Membership will be Ukraine’s ultimate security guarantee. It will ensure a lasting peace;
And provide the stability needed for reconstruction.

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