NATO’s membership is not on the agenda, but support to Ukraine is absolutely on top of our agenda, – NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg

Oleksiy Matsuka, journalist and acting editor-in-chief of the TV channel “Multimedia Platform of Foreign Broadcasting of Ukraine” (UATV and Dom TV channels), joined today’s press conference by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.

“I’m listening to Mr. Stoltenberg and receiving videos from Ukraine simultaneously. And I don’t know what’s more important here and now,” he commented.

Here are the key point, voiced by the Alliance Secretary-General:

We are determined to do all we can to support Ukraine. But we have a responsibility to ensure that the war does not escalate beyond Ukraine and become a conflict between NATO and Russia. This would cause even more death and even more destruction. I also expect we will agree to step up tailored support for older partners at risk from Russian pressure.)

We have done for many years because NATO’s allies have trained tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops since 2014, and they are now on the frontline fighting the invading forces. And it is first and foremost to the courage of the Ukrainian forces and the Ukrainian people under current leadership that has enabled them to resist and to fight back against the Russian invasion. But at the same time, the support they have received for many years has proven extremely important and critical. NATO’s membership is not on the agenda, but support to Ukraine is absolutely on top of our agenda.

The Ukrainian armed forces today, it’s much bigger. Much better equipped, much better trained, much better commanded, they have much better logistics. Then they held back in 2014. And of course, all of this, combined with the courage, the high morale is the reason why they are really able to push back and to stand up against the much bigger Russian invasion. At the same time, I think we need need to remember that Ukraine is a big nation. It’s the biggest country in Europe, and I’m more than 44 million people. So it’s a significant nation with a strong army, a defense force.

100,000 US troops in Europe and 40,000 forces under Direct NATO’s command, mostly in the eastern part of the alliance. All backed by major air and naval power, including with five. Carrier strike groups in the High North and in the Mediterranean. … The first step is the deployment of four new non-NATO battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.