Anastasia Pechenyuk 18:50, 11/29/22 UNIAN
They assured that support would continue for as long as necessary.
Following the meeting in Bucharest, the Foreign Ministers of the NATO member countries issued a statement in which they assured that the Alliance would strengthen support for Ukraine.
As the ministers stressed in a statement , they will “further strengthen political and practical support for Ukraine” as long as the country defends “its sovereignty and territorial integrity and common [with the Alliance] values from Russian aggression.” They assured that support would continue for as long as necessary.
“NATO will continue to coordinate closely with relevant stakeholders, including international organizations, in particular the EU, as well as like-minded countries. Building on the support provided earlier, we will help Ukraine build its resilience, protect its people and counter Russian disinformation campaigns and lies,” the statement said.
The ministers stressed that Russia “bears full responsibility for this war, a flagrant violation of international law and the principles of the UN Charter.”
“Russian aggression, including its persistent and shameless attacks on Ukrainian civilian and energy infrastructure, is depriving millions of Ukrainians of basic social services. This has affected global food supplies and endangered the most vulnerable countries and peoples of the world. Unacceptable actions by Russia, including hybrid actions, energy blackmail and reckless nuclear rhetoric undermine the rules-based international order.
The foreign ministers also emphasized that they were in solidarity with Poland after the incident on November 15, which led to the tragic death of people as a result of Russian missile strikes on Ukraine . They condemn the actions of Belarus, which actively contributes to Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine.
“All those responsible for war crimes, including conflict-related sexual violence, must be held accountable,” the statement said.
The ministers also expressed their full solidarity with the government and people of Ukraine and paid tribute to all those who died heroically defending their country and land.
They reiterated that they remain firmly committed to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and will never recognize Russian attempts to annex Ukrainian territories in gross violation of the UN Charter.
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On September 30, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s accession to NATO on an accelerated basis. The Alliance then stated that the doors for Ukraine’s entry into NATO were open.
On November 29, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that Finland and Sweden will become NATO members in the near future and added that the Alliance “holds the same opinion about Ukraine’s membership.”
Also earlier, NATO stated that they would help Ukraine defend itself against Russia “as long as it takes.”
At the same time, Hungary, which has been blocking the prospect of Ukraine’s membership in NATO since 2017 by blocking the work of the relevant Committee, announced on November 29 that it would block Ukraine’s participation in the meetings of the Alliance.