Stoltenberg promises Ukraine to join NATO

On the second anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that the country will join the alliance. In his video message published on Saturday, the Norwegian said, “Ukraine will join NATO. It is not a question of if, but of when.” “As we prepare for this day, NATO will continue to stand by Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin’s goal to dominate Ukraine has not changed. The Russian President started this war because he wanted to close the door to NATO and deny Ukraine the right to choose its own path. However, he achieved the exact opposite. “Ukraine is now closer to NATO than ever.”

NATO countries also emphasized that Ukraine’s future lies in the alliance. In a statement made on Saturday, the NATO-Ukraine Council stated that they are working closely together to support Ukraine’s further integration into NATO in line with the decisions of the Vilnius Summit.

“Russia bears full responsibility for this war, which is a clear violation of international law, including the UN Charter, and for which it must be held accountable. We do not recognize and will never recognize Russia’s illegal and unlawful annexations, including Crimea.” They are determined to support Ukraine until it wins.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is considered the favorite to replace Stoltenberg as NATO Secretary General, also promised that his country’s support to Ukraine will continue. “You are not alone. We are behind you,” Rutte said in a video message published on X (formerly Twitter) on the second anniversary of the start of the war on Saturday. This is not just a fight for Ukraine. “This is also about our own security. Because if Putin is successful in Ukraine, he will not stop there.” Stoltenberg will leave office in October.

Russia began its war of aggression against Ukraine two years ago, but since then it has repeatedly portrayed itself as a victim of Western aggression. Moscow justified the invasion by saying, among other things, that it had to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, which allegedly threatened Russia’s security.

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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