Before a meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group at the German air base Ramstein, Mr Stoltenberg told reporters that once the conflict in Ukraine is over, Kyiv needs to have “the deterrence to prevent new attacks.”
He stated that the current priority is to make sure the nation triumphs over Russia. Announcing the Ukrainians’ rightful place in the Euro-Atlantic family, he stated “Let me be clear: Ukraine belongs to the Euro-Atlantic family.”
Ukraine will join NATO
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, expressed gratitude for the invitation earlier this year but stated that his nation would hold off on accepting it until the route was made explicit.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, was also invited by Stoltenberg to the July NATO meeting in Vilnius. According to Zelensky, NATO must extend an invitation to Ukraine to join the military alliance and specify a timeline for membership.
- The current priority is to make sure the nation triumphs over Russia.
- The majority of citizens in NATO nations and the majority of Ukrainians want NATO membership
- To support Kyiv in its conflict with Russia, Canada will send Kyiv C$39 million in fresh military assistance.
According to Zelensky, not a single objective obstacle stands between Ukrainian membership in the alliance and the decision to invite it in. The majority of citizens in NATO nations and the majority of Ukrainians want NATO membership, so now is the time for the necessary decisions, he concluded.
To support Kyiv in its conflict with Russia, the Canadian government stated on Friday that it will send Kyiv C$39 million (£23.2 million) in fresh military assistance. This assistance would include 40 sniper rifles, 16 radio sets, and a contribution to a NATO fund.
‘The gifts and support offered by Canada today will help ensure that Ukraine has everything it needs to protect its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity,’ Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand said as she joined Mr Stoltenberg at the Ramstein air base.
In addition, Denmark and the Netherlands are giving 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. According to Troels Lund Poulsen, acting defence minister of Denmark, the tanks were not purchased by Denmark alone but rather “in collaboration with the Netherlands.”