“Ukraine’s rightful place is in NATO, and over time our support will help to make this possible”
Ukraine’s future lies in NATO, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his first visit to Ukraine since Russia started its full–scale invasion in Feb. 2022. “Let me be clear: Ukraine’s rightful place is in the Euro-Atlantic family. Ukraine’s rightful place is in NATO. And over time, our support will help you to make this possible,” Stoltenberg told reporters during a joint press conference with the Ukrainian President in Kyiv.
He also pledged continued military support for Ukraine, saying that, so far, NATO allies had trained tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops and provided €65 billion of military aid alone. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Stoltenberg in Kyiv, saying: “This visit of Jens Stoltenberg is the first since the full-scale war — we interpret it as a sign that the Alliance is ready to start a new chapter in relations with Ukraine — a chapter of ambitious decisions.”