Ukraine will ultimately join NATO, UK PM Sunak says
Rishi Sunak during a meeting with Ukrainian journalists in London (Photo:Number 10 / Flickr)
Ukraine will eventually become a member of NATO, and now is the time to ensure compatibility and interoperability of Ukrainian and allied forces, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told Ukrainian journalists in London on Feb. 22.
Sunak noted that he agrees with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that Ukraine will be a member of the alliance, but adds that "at the same time, we need to focus on what is happening now."
According to the PM, there should be a plan on how to continue to maintain Ukraine’s security, not only now, but also long-term. Part of this plan includes the ongoing training of Ukrainian troop, a greater compatibility with NATO forces and equipment, and the transition of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to allied standards.
Sunak stressed that the allies should talk about Ukraine’s long-term future and needs, specifically – air defense capability.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg earlier said that the alliance is ready to see Ukraine in its ranks, but first it must win the war with Russia.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov repeatedly said that Ukraine as a country, along with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, have already become a “de-facto NATO member.”
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