After much debate about the timeline for Ukraine’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that Ukraine’s membership was a ‘long-term’ matter. Ukraine needs to maintain its status as an independent state. In times of heavy aggression by Russia now

Over the years, Ukraine has always expressed its intention to become a member of the military alliance NATO, and Russia fears that if Ukraine joins NATO, Russia will no longer have the former Soviet Union as a buffer state. That was one of the reasons Moscow decided to invade Ukraine a year ago, citing security reasons. which after the Russian invasion of Ukraine Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged NATO to consider applications to approve membership more quickly.

“NATO allies have agreed that Ukraine will become a NATO member, but at the same time that is a long-term view,” Stoltenberg told reporters during his stay in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

The problem now, he said, was that Ukraine would have to stand up as an independent and sovereign state.

It was previously unclear how seriously the U.S.-led NATO members would consider Ukraine’s full membership if the war ended. Stoltenberg confirmed during a joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin that when the war ended, “We have to ensure that history does not repeat itself.”

Besides Ukraine Finland and Sweden, which have always been politically neutral, also wanted to join NATO, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine a key factor in their decision to join NATO as soon as possible. for fear of being attacked by the Russians one day

On February 28, the Finnish parliament began discussions on a bill that would speed up the process for Finnish membership in NATO, with a vote expected today (March 1).

To date only Turkey and Hungary have not ratified Finland and Sweden’s application for NATO membership.

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