NATO is on the side of Ukraine, the allies are providing support so that Ukraine can further ensure its own security. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this on Tuesday, April 13.
“We are providing assistance, including in strengthening the capacity of the Ukrainian armed forces,” he said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
The NATO Secretary General also stressed that the organization’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty remains unshaken. He added that the alliance does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
Earlier, on 12 April, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenski asked US President Joe Biden to help Ukraine join the North Atlantic Alliance. According to him, the country needs financial support as well as more weapons “to strengthen the confrontation with Russia”. A few days earlier, Zelensky had asserted that membership in NATO was supposedly the only way to end the conflict in Donbas.
Commenting on his statement, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitriy Peskov, noted that Kiev’s accession to the alliance could on the contrary aggravate the situation in eastern Ukraine.
On 11 April, former NATO envoy to Russia, retired US Navy Captain First Rank Harry Tabach spoke about the possible return of Crimea to Ukraine. In his words, in order for this to happen, it is necessary to wait until Russia itself “disintegrates”.