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Stoltenberg on helping Ukraine: Not charity, but investment in NATO's security

Stoltenberg on helping Ukraine: Not charity, but investment in NATO's security Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Military aid to Ukraine in the war against Russia is not charity. It's an investment in the security of NATO countries, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We can never take peace for granted. But there is no imminent military threat against any NATO Ally. NATO will continue to ensure that there is no room for miscalculation in Moscow about our readiness and resolve to protect all allies," he said.

Stoltenberg added that this week there will be a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council and a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group led by the United States.

"Both of these meetings will focus on our support. We continue to help Ukraine move closer to NATO standards on everything from procurement to logistics. And allies continue to make major deliveries of weapons, equipment, and ammunition. This support makes a real difference," emphasized the NATO Secretary General.

He said that with the help of allies, "brave Ukrainians have retaken half of the territory that Russia seized, opened a corridor in the Black Sea, and are inflicting heavy losses on Russian forcess."

"NATO’s support is an example of true transatlantic burden sharing. I welcome the recent decision by the European Union on a major new package of aid. And I count on US Congress to follow soon. This is not charity. It is an investment in our own security," Stoltenberg said.

NATO assistance to Ukraine

NATO is changing its approach to assisting Ukraine in the field of armaments.

Besides, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will discuss with NATO partners the support for Ukraine from the United States.