NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg declared the NATO alliance ready to accept new members into its coalition. He announced this during a joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, RIA Novosti news agency said.
|NATO countries supported Ukraine to join the alliance.|
“Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has doubled its number of allies. NATO’s door is still open, we want to admit more new members, ”said NATO Secretary-General.
Mr. Stoltenberg recalled that Ukraine was recognized as a candidate to join NATO and supported by the members of the coalition. Therefore, Kiev must continue the necessary reforms to join this organization.
The policy of expansion will become part of the NATO-2030 alliance strategy. The heads of state and the government of the coalition will prepare for the summit later this year, will discuss this topic, Mr. Stoltenberg stressed.
Earlier, in June 2016, Ukraine amended and supplemented NATO membership definition as one of the goals of its foreign policy. Kiev also pledged to reform the armed forces of this country to be compatible with the armed forces of allied countries.
The revised regulations allow Ukraine to gain broader access to alliance programs to improve military compatibility with NATO forces, to NATO exercises, and to expand as well. ability to exchange information.
Kiev has long undergone reforms to join NATO. In early January, a list of NATO military grade codes was presented to the Ukrainian army. This transition was aimed at changing the Soviet-style military management system to a modern one, used in the armies of allied states.
It should be added that Jens Stoltenberg had previously called on members of the NATO military committee to maintain the defenses of the states in the alliance, including in response to Russian aggression. . He also said that NATO members need to increase investment in modern weapons.
The soldiers of the coalition must be ready to deal not only with “Russian aggression”, but also challenges such as international terrorism and “the rise of China”.
Jens Stoltenberg also reiterated that NATO countries do not see Russia as a direct military threat. However, the indirect threats from Russia to NATO are many, typically using its military against neighboring countries like Georgia and Ukraine.