The North Atlantic Treaty Organization remains steadfast in its commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. NATO will assist Ukraine on its path of post-war reconstruction and reforms so that Ukraine can secure its free and democratic future. The NATO foreign ministers said this in a joint statement following their meeting.
NATO members emphasized that they would provide Ukraine with all the necessary aid to restore the energy infrastructure damaged by Russian missiles.
"Russia’s unacceptable actions, including hybrid activities, energy blackmail, and reckless nuclear rhetoric, undermine the rules-based international order. We condemn Russia’s cruelty against Ukraine’s civilian populations and violations and abuses of human rights, such as forcible deportations, torture, and barbaric treatment of women, children, and persons in vulnerable situations," NATO members emphasized.
At the same time, the Alliance pledged to help Ukraine "modernize its defense sector, strengthen long-term interoperability, and deter future aggression."
"We will continue to strengthen our partnership with Ukraine as it advances its Euro-Atlantic aspirations," the Alliance ministers said.
Ukraine’s accession to NATO
During the meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asserted that Ukraine would become a NATO member in the future. However, the Alliance now has to focus on ensuring Ukraine has everything it needs to win this war.
"On Ukrainian membership, we stated that Ukraine will become a member. I expect Allies to reiterate also that position. However, the main focus now is on supporting Ukraine. We are in the midst of a war, and therefore we should do nothing that can undermine the unity of Allies to provide military, humanitarian, and financial support to Ukraine," Stoltenberg stressed.