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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

NATO Affirms Support for Ukraine, Plans Greater Role in Assistance Efforts

Informal Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers’ Session - Informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | Photo: NATO
Informal Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers’ Session - Informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | Photo: NATO

NATO Foreign Ministers recently gathered in Prague, Czech Republic, for a pivotal two-day summit, culminating in an informal session of the North Atlantic Council.


Led by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the assembly tackled critical issues, notably emphasizing the alliance's unwavering support for Ukraine amidst ongoing geopolitical challenges.

Central to the discussions was the imminent Washington Summit slated for July, where strategic agendas and collaborative endeavors will be charted. In the wake of escalating tensions, Ministers underscored the paramount importance of upholding Ukraine's sovereignty and stability.


Addressing the media post-council, Secretary General Stoltenberg elucidated NATO's forthcoming role in bolstering Ukraine's defense capabilities. Emphasizing a coordinated approach, he articulated plans for intensified provision of equipment and training to Ukrainian forces. This proactive stance aims to furnish Kyiv with enhanced predictability and resilience, catering to both immediate exigencies and long-term strategic imperatives.


Crucially, Stoltenberg elucidated NATO's pivotal role as the primary source of military aid to Ukraine, with an overwhelming 99 percent of such assistance emanating from alliance members. Against the backdrop of Russia's persistent aggression since the full-scale invasion in 2022, NATO's proactive intervention signals a resolute stance against external threats and underscores solidarity with Ukraine.


In a resolute message directed towards Moscow, Stoltenberg reaffirmed NATO's steadfast commitment to sustaining current levels of support to Ukraine.

Stressing the imperative of endurance until the conflict's resolution, he highlighted the alliance's substantial financial commitments, totaling approximately 40 billion euros annually. This financial lifeline underscores NATO's unwavering dedication to catalyzing an expeditious cessation of hostilities and fostering lasting peace in the region.


As geopolitical landscapes continue to evolve, NATO's proactive engagement and solidarity with Ukraine serve as a bulwark against destabilizing forces. By reaffirming its commitment to Ukraine and charting a path towards enhanced assistance, NATO emerges as a beacon of collective security and resilience in an era fraught with uncertainty.


Source: NATO, May 31, 2024

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