Brussels, 19 July 2022 (TDI): NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has urged NATO and the EU to continue supporting Ukraine. Speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels he said that it is crucial to Russian brutality.

He said that if Ukraine lost the war with Russia, it would make Europe vulnerable to Russian aggression. Following this, he encouraged NATO and EU politicians to support Ukraine.

He urged politicians to ensure their countries continue providing Ukraine with the necessary help it needs. Protecting Ukraine will also ensure the security of other European countries.

He said, “The price we pay as the EU, as NATO, is the price we can measure in currency, in money. The price they pay is measured in lives lost every day. So, we should stop complaining and step up and provide support, full stop”.

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NATO and Ukraine

NATO denounced Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and has assisted Ukraine. Ukraine and NATO relations began in the early 1990s. Ukraine joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council in 1991 and the Partnership for Peace program in 1994.

Furthermore, the 1997 Charter on Distinctive Partnership enhanced NATO-Ukraine relations by forming the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC). NUC aims to strengthen the NATO-Ukraine cooperation.

In July 2016, the NATO Summit in Warsaw discussed NATO’s support for Ukraine. This support was laid down in the Comprehensive Assistance Package (CAP) for Ukraine.

The Ukrainian parliament has also adopted legislation to reinstate membership in NATO in 2019. This was a foreign and security policy objective.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy facilitated Ukraine’s new National Security Strategy. This strategy enables the development of a unique partnership with NATO and also its membership in NATO.

NATO allies have called on Russia to end its aggression against Ukraine and instead use diplomacy.

NATO has stood with Ukraine and still stands with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. It has also pledged to provide military aid to Ukraine for the war.

The European Union (EU) has also assisted Ukraine by providing financial, military, and medical aid.