War in Ukraine Kiev is closer to NATO than ever

War in Ukraine: Kiev is “closer to NATO than ever before,” explains Stoltenberg

From Le Figaro with AFP

Published 2 hours ago, updated 58 minutes ago

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Ukraine’s accession to NATO is only a “matter of time,” emphasized Volodymyr Zelensky at the reception of the alliance’s secretary general

Ukraine is “closer to NATO than ever before,” affirmed the Alliance’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, this Thursday, September 28, during a surprise visit to the country that has been fighting the Russian invasion since February 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for his part, assured that Kiev’s entry into the alliance was only a “matter of time.” “We are doing everything we can to bring this moment closer,” he said, as the allies refused to give Kiev a timetable for its entry at the last summit in July in Lithuania.

Russia’s “imperialist delusions”

The alliance’s secretary general also stated that the Ukrainian counteroffensive against the Russian army was “gradually gaining ground” while denouncing Moscow’s “imperialist delusions.” “Today your forces are advancing. They are facing fierce battles but are gradually gaining ground,” he added. “Ukrainians are fighting for their families” and “their freedom” and “Moscow is fighting for its imperialist delusions,” he continues.

Volodymyr Zelensky used this meeting to demand from Jens Stoltenberg more anti-aircraft systems to counter the “Russian attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure” expected in the winter. “The Secretary General has agreed to make efforts to help us” to “mobilize the members of the alliance,” Zelensky said. “We must get through this winter together to protect our energy infrastructure and the lives of our citizens,” he said.

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