March 1, 2024

And the Secretary General of the organization guarantees that “Ukraine will be a member of NATO.”

Jens Stoltenberg stated that coalition members agreed to buy tickets from Ukrainians, but on a long-term basis; The decision is an absolute red line for Moscow

Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva / AFPJens StoltenbergNATO Secretary General at a press conference to talk about the accession of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland to the alliance

Secretary General L.N NATOAnd Jens StoltenbergThis Tuesday, the 28th, confirmed that Ukraine However, it will be a member of NATO for the long term. “NATO countries agree that Ukraine should become a member of the alliance, but at the same time this is a long-term perspective,” Stoltenberg said during a visit to Finland, another candidate for membership. Ukraine joining NATO is an absolute red line for Moscow, which has used this potential membership precisely to justify its invasion, which turned one year old on Friday the 24th. “The question now is ensuring that Ukraine remains an independent and sovereign country, and for that we have to support Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told reporters. President Putin’s war in Ukraine continues, and there is no indication that he will change his plans. The head of the Western military alliance insisted he wants control of Ukraine and is not preparing for peace, but for more war.”We must find milestones that will ensure that President Putin and Russia do not invade Ukraine again,” he said alongside Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

Stoltenberg also said that “the time has come” for Turkey and Hungary to ratify Finland and Sweden for NATO membership. Both are the only two of the 30 NATO members who have yet to ratify the two Nordic countries’ entry into the alliance. Amidst the war in Ukraine and fearing for their safety, Sweden and Finland asked to join the coalition and end decades of military neutrality. NATO’s secretary general insisted that “both Finland and Sweden have kept their promises in their tripartite agreement with Turkey last June in Madrid.” Ankara specifically blocks entry to Sweden and will only be able to ratify Finland’s accession. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced, on Tuesday, that negotiations for the accession of the northern countries to the alliance will resume on March 9. The Turkish government suspended the talks at the end of January by postponing a meeting between the three countries that was scheduled to take place in February after organizing several anti-Turkish and anti-Islam demonstrations in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

The protests angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who warned Sweden that he would not support his country’s candidacy to join NATO. On a visit to Ankara this month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for the immediate integration of Finland and Sweden into the organization. And the head of Turkish diplomacy considered, on Monday, that “Sweden has not taken any satisfactory measures” to achieve this goal, but it acknowledged the progress in the negotiations. Turkey accuses Sweden of harboring Kurdish militants and sympathizers who, according to the Turkish authorities, are “terrorists”, in particular members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).