Stoltenberg said that "hope is not lost": Ukraine is closer to NATO than ever

He said that Moscow started that war with the aim of "closing the door to NATO" for Ukraine, denying it the right to choose its own path.

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Stoltenberg, Photo: NATO
Stoltenberg, Photo: NATO
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today, on the second anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion, called on Ukraine and its allies to "not lose hope".

"The situation on the battlefield is still very difficult, the goal of President (Vladimir) Putin to dominate Ukraine has not changed, there is no indication that he is preparing for peace," Stoltenberg said in a recorded message.

"But we should not lose hope. Ukraine has shown exceptional capabilities and strong determination many times," he said in a message published on the NATO portal.

Now poorly equipped Ukrainian troops are struggling to hold the front line, and uncertainty over continued US support continues as a new aid package for Ukraine is blocked in Congress.

Stoltenberg reminded the NATO countries of recent promises of "multi-billion dollar" military aid.

He said that Moscow started that war with the aim of "closing the door to NATO" for Ukraine, denying it the right to choose its own path.

"But the exact opposite happened, Ukraine is closer to NATO than ever," he said.

Stoltenberg said that Ukraine will join NATO and that "the question is not if it will join, but when it will join".

"As we prepare you for that day, NATO will continue to be with you, for the security of Ukraine and our security," he said.

Several world officials came to Kyiv today to show support for the second anniversary of the start of the war. Among them are the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgio Meloni, who will chair the virtual meeting of the G7 countries on Ukraine in Kiev, the Prime Ministers of Belgium and Canada, Alexander de Croix and Justin Trudeau.

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