MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 19, 2022) The situation of Ukraine, which aspires to become a NATO member, differs from that of Finland and Sweden, which are long-time partners of the alliance , said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Tuesday.
“I strongly believe that Ukraine is in a different position than Finland and Sweden. Finland and Sweden are long-term NATO partners, we have a consensus within the alliance to invite them to become members… What we see in Ukraine is a war going on and therefore a top priority is to provide military support to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said, responding to the question of whether he supported accelerated acceptance of Ukraine into NATO.
The official said that the doors of the alliance remain open to everyone, but the current priority is to ensure that Ukraine wins the conflict.
“The priority now is to provide support to Ukraine to enable it to make more gains on the battlefield, and then we can ensure that the war ends in a way that ensures Ukraine remains a sovereign and independent nation in Europe. This is a precondition for any discussion on NATO membership,” Stoltenberg said.
At the end of September, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine was applying for accelerated NATO membership, following Russia’s membership referendums in the Donbass, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said kyiv’s request for fast-track NATO membership has put the United States and the West in an awkward position, in which it is embarrassing for them to refuse Ukraine.