NATO chief calls for long-term support for Ukraine

NATO chief calls for long-term support for Ukraine

He said that he will call for more at the meeting in Bucharest. We will help Ukraine transition from Soviet era equipment to modern NATO standards, doctrine and training over the long term. Stoltenberg said that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba would meet the ministers to discuss his country's most pressing needs, but also what kind of long-term support NATO can provide. NATO s top civilian official said the support will help Ukraine move toward joining the alliance one day.

The Nov 29 to Nov 30 meeting in Bucharest is held almost 15 years after NATO promised that Ukraine and Georgia would become members of the organisation, a pledge that deeply angered Russia.

The foreign ministers of Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia, three partners that NATO says are coming under increasing Russian pressure, will also be at the meeting. Stoltenberg said that NATO would take further steps to protect their independence and strengthen their ability to defend themselves. Since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in 10 months ago, NATO has carefully tried to avoid being dragged into a war with a major nuclear power.

But Stoltenberg did not put pressure on Ukraine to enter peace talks with Russia, and NATO and European diplomats have said Putin does not appear willing to come to the table.

He said that most wars end with negotiations. What happens at the negotiating table depends on what happens on the battlefield.