True intent or announcement effect. On a surprise visit to Kiev on Thursday, Jens Stoltenberg, the head of the Alliance, assured that Ukraine is "closer to NATO than ever". A remarkable exit, while the country has been fighting the Russian invasion since February 2022.
"Ukraine is now closer to NATO than ever," Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Kiev with Volodymyr Zelensky. The Ukrainian president, for his part, assured that Kiev's accession to the Alliance was only a "matter of time".
"The Secretary General has agreed to make efforts to help us"
The two men, who held a joint press conference, obviously discussed several aspects of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. President Volodymyr Zelensky took the opportunity to ask the Secretary General of NATO for more air defense systems to counter the "Russian attacks on the infrastructure" of the country energy expected in winter.
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"The secretary-general has agreed to make efforts to help us," to "mobilize the members of the Alliance," Zelensky said at a joint press conference with Stoltenberg. "We must get through this winter together, to protect our energy infrastructure and the lives of our citizens," he said.