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NATO Secretary General says Ukraine’s membership is “not a question of if but when”

NATO’s secretary general stated this Wednesday that Ukraine’s accession to the Atlantic Alliance “is not a question of if but when”, stressing that the allies agreed that this path “is irreversible”.

At the press conference at the end of the first day of work at the NATO summit, which runs until Thursday in Washington, Jens Stoltenberg justified the allies’ commitment to support Ukraine with an annual amount of no less than 40 thousand million euros.

“We are not doing this because we want to prolong the war, but because we want to end it as quickly as possible”, he defended.

And he added: “Unless we want Ukraine to lose, unless we want to bow down to [o Presidente russo, Vladimir] Putin, we must show commitment.”

“At our meeting, we also decided to take further steps to bring Ukraine even closer to NATO”, he said, speaking of an “irreversible path towards integration” of the country into the Atlantic Alliance .

According to NATO’s secretary general, it is necessary to ensure that “when the time is right”, Ukraine will join the organization “without delay”.

“It’s not a question of if but when”, he stressed.

At the press conference, NATO’s secretary general also welcomed the increase in investment in defense of allied countries, highlighting that the total already exceeds 2% of the Gross Domestic Product of European member states and Canada .

“We have fulfilled”, he stated, referring to the commitment made at last year’s NATO summit.

Still in relation to Ukraine, the secretary general considered that important decisions had been taken, such as NATO assuming the coordination of international aid to this country through a command led by a three-star general and with around 700 people working at the military complex in Wiesbaden, Germany.

“NATO will coordinate the training of Ukrainian forces in installations in allied countries”, as well as donations to the country, he said.

However, Stoltenberg considered that this support “does not make NATO part of the conflict”, but will help Ukraine in its right to self-defense.

The summit marking NATO’s 75th anniversary is also the last for the current secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, who will be succeeded by the former Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte.

Under the leadership of Norwegian Stoltenberg, who started on October 1, 2014, NATO gained four new members by joining Montenegro (2017), North Macedonia (2020), Finland (2023) and Sweden cia (2024).

Portugal is one of the 12 countries in Europe and North America that founded NATO in 1949.

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Francesco Giganti

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