When this war ends, then of course, we need to ensure that history doesn"t repeat itself. Because there"s a pattern of Russian aggression, Georgia in 2008, Crimea and Eastern Donbas in 2014, said the NATO Secretary General.
“We have stated several times that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance. At the same time, we all realize that the first step to ensure that that will happen is to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation, without a sovereign democratic free Ukraine, membership won’t be an issue at all. So all our focus, all our efforts is now on ensure that Ukraine prevails that Putin doesn"t win, because then there will be no issue of membership for Ukraine.
Then when this war ends, then of course, we need to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. Because there"s a pattern of Russian aggression, Georgia in 2008, Crimea and Eastern Donbas in 2014, and then the full fledge invasion last year, and we need to make sure that when the war ends now that Russia is not able to continue to chip away at European security, and we need to break this cycle of Russian aggression.
This will be about enabling the Ukrainians to have strong armed forces themselves so they can deter aggression themselves, but it will also be an issue of creating the framework and the political framework that sends a clear message to Moscow that it cannot continue to attack an independent, sovereign, democratic neighbor, Ukraine. So we need to help Ukraine move forward on the Euro Atlantic path. Ukraine is part of the Euro Atlantic family and the first step is to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign nation”, - said Jens Stoltenberg.