NATO Secretary General emphasizes commitment to Ukraine

Defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday, June 13, 2024, to finalize preparations for the NATO summit in Washington and to discuss continued support for Ukraine, a press release said.

During a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov briefed Allies on the current situation on the battlefield.

After the meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his expectation that Allies will agree on a comprehensive security assistance and training plan for Ukraine.

He proposed that Allies would provide Ukraine with at least EUR 40 billion in military support annually for as long as necessary. “The paradox is that the longer we plan and the longer we commit, the sooner there can be peace in Ukraine.” said Stoltenberg.

The discussions also touched on Ukraine’s potential future in NATO, with Stoltenberg highlighting Allies’ efforts to bring Ukraine into NATO “getting closer to NATO membership.” Plans were discussed to align Ukraine’s defense and security sectors with NATO standards and to improve defense procurement processes.

In addition, the first-ever NATO-Ukraine Roadmap for Innovation Cooperation was approved, and preparations are underway for the establishment of a NATO-Ukraine Joint Analysis, Training and Education Center (JATEC) in Poland.

On Friday, ministers will discuss strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense, including a new industrial pledge aimed at scaling up military production. “This is our last ministerial meeting before the Washington Summit, so we still have a lot to do.” concluded the Secretary General.

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