Increased winter aid, Ukraine's accession to NATO: Umerov meets with Stoltenberg
On December 4, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Ukrainian Defence Minister and assured him that NATO would support Ukraine to make the Ukrainian army strong within the Alliance
This is stated on the NATO website.
"The Secretary General and Minister Umerov discussed the latest battlefield developments and Ukraine’s urgent military needs," the statement said, adding that Stoltenberg also stressed the Alliance's unwavering support for Ukraine.
Stoltenberg stressed that Allies intend to step up political and practical support for Ukraine as winter is expected to make fighting more difficult. He also assured that NATO will provide long-term support to Ukraine to make Ukrainian forces fully interoperable within NATO and bring them even closer to the Alliance.
Stoltenberg and Umerov also discussed Ukraine's path to NATO membership and Ukraine's reform efforts.
"Ukraine will become a member of NATO when all Allies agree and when conditions are met," Stoltenberg said.
- Kurt Volker, former US Ambassador to NATO and former US Special Representative for Ukraine, said that delaying Ukraine's accession to NATO sends a signal to Putin to continue fighting.