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Peace in Ukraine cannot mean freezing war on Russia’s terms, NATO chief says

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: nato.int
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: nato.int
Peace in Ukraine cannot mean freezing war on Russia’s terms, NATO chief says

It is impossible to achieve sustainable peace in Ukraine on Russian terms, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag on 18 June.

Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine should have reliable security guarantees after the war ends to prevent Russia from attacking this country again.

“Ukraine’s future lies in NATO, but the priority now is for Ukraine to assert itself as a sovereign and independent state. Otherwise, there is no way to discuss membership,” Jens Stoltenberg said. “We need to make sure that when this war ends, there are credible agreements for Ukraine’s security so that Russia cannot rearm and attack again and the cycle of Russian aggression is broken.”

NATO will adopt an aid package at the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, intended to bring Ukraine up to NATO standards over several years and intensify political ties to “bring Ukraine closer to NATO,”  Stoltenberg announced.

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“We all want this war to end. But for peace to be sustainable, it must be just. Peace cannot mean freezing the conflict and accepting a deal dictated by Russia,” Stoltenberg concluded.

NATO Summit to be held on 11-12 July 2023. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is invited to the NATO summit in Vilnius and plans to visit it in person.

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