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Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker meets NATO Secretary General

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Brussels, 5 December 2023 (TDI): Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Speaker of Ukraine’s Parliament, held a significant meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss Ukraine’s resolve to join the military alliance on December 4.

Ruslan Steanchuk in his conversation with Stoltenberg stressed that Ukraine’s NATO participation will be the most potent guarantee of its security. In addition, membership in NATO will assure Ukrainian sovereignty and the integrity of the territory.

“Integration into the European Union and NATO are not only the primary paths of Ukraine’s movement, but also guarantees of its security, development, and citizens’ well-being,” said Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, during his second visit to Brussels last week.

The Chairperson of Ukraine’s Parliament promised NATO’s Secretary General that the Parliament of Ukraine is prepared to do the legislative work required to achieve NATO’s demanding criteria.

“To apply the high standards of the NATO, systematic and active legislative activity is undertaken. Alongside the laws that have already been passed, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada will shortly vote on crucial acts concerning the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), asset declarations, and national minorities”, stated Stefanchuk.

The President of NATO reiterated in the conversation that Ukraine will continue to receive steadfast support in its struggle against Russian aggression.

The discussions with our partners have once again demonstrated that backing for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian offense remains unshakable, Ruslan Stefanchuk remarked in the negotiations.

He further added, “It is equally critical for us that our partners appreciate our achievements, which have been made even under tough circumstances. And we are prepared to maintain this positive trend”.

Ruslan Stefanchuk held meetings on November 28 with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, and leaders of the European Parliament’s parliamentary groups who endorsed the beginning of talks on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.

Stefanchuk met European Parliament President Roberta Metsola
Stefanchuk met European Parliament President Roberta Metsola

Following these important gatherings, Ruslan Stefanchuk engaged in separate meetings and conversations on December 4 with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

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According to him, the procedure and phases of Ukraine’s incorporation into European and Euro-Atlantic space, the provision of security guarantees, the implementation of Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula, and requirements associated with the reconstruction of infrastructure annihilated by the aggressor were all extensively addressed with EU and NATO leaders.

Maha Afzal Chaudhary
Maha Afzal Chaudhary
Maha Afzal Chaudhary is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in International Relations from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Pakistan. She has a keen interest in analyzing global dynamics while deconstructing the underlying facts and unraveling the intricacies of international politics. Her areas of focus encompass state security-related matters and preferential economic interests. Her concerned sphere also comprises foreign policy-making processes of states.

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