NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that a preliminary condition for consideration of Ukraine's membership in NATO is its victory over the Russian Federation.
"Whatever you think about when Ukraine can become a member (of the Alliance), the precondition for this issue to be on the table at all is for Ukraine to win. And we help to make it happen at this moment. During the meeting, the Allies made it clear that they are ready to provide support with advanced military equipment, ammunition, fuel, everything that Ukrainians need for self-defense. This is the immediate, most important task for the allies," Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Bucharest on Wednesday.
The NATO Secretary General emphasized that for Ukraine's victory, the allies should mobilize as much as possible when it comes to military, economic, financial, and humanitarian support for Ukraine.
"That's exactly what we do. If Ukraine does not win as an independent, sovereign state, then, of course, the question of membership will not be on the table at all, because we will no longer have a candidate for membership in the person of Ukraine," Stoltenberg noted.
He noted that now it is important to move step by step, and the most important and urgent step is to ensure the victory of Ukraine.
"We have to develop a closer partnership - both political and practical - with Ukraine. This will strengthen their institutions, help them move from Soviet equipment standards to the doctrines of modern NATO equipment. It is good for Ukraine to strengthen mutual compatibility. But it will also help Ukraine get closer to membership," Stoltenberg is confident.