The US Secretary of State affirmed that NATO will admit Ukraine 0

The US Secretary of State affirmed that NATO will admit Ukraine

(Dan Tri) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Ukraine will definitely become a member of NATO and the alliance is paving the way for this.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo: Reuters).

`Ukraine will become a member of NATO. Our purpose at the summit is to help build bridges to that membership and create a clear path for Ukraine to move forward,` US Secretary of State

The US diplomat also emphasized: `We will do everything we can; our allies will do everything possible to ensure Ukraine has what it needs to continue to deal with Russia.`

The above assertion was made after the meeting of NATO foreign ministers held on April 3-4 in Brussels, Belgium.

At the joint press conference, his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba said: `Ukraine deserves to become a member of NATO and the admission takes place as soon as possible.`

He also urged the US Congress to quickly approve an additional aid package worth more than 60 billion USD for Kiev.

Ukraine has long pursued the goal of becoming a member of theĀ US-led military alliance.

However, to date, NATO has not accepted Ukraine’s application to join.

If admitted, Ukraine will be guaranteed security according to Article 5 of NATO’s collective defense.

NATO currently has 32 member countries, of which newly admitted members are Finland and Sweden.

In another related development, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters said yesterday that this Pacific island nation will soon have a new partnership agreement with NATO.

`New Zealand is committed to working with NATO partners to contribute to collective security, for example through supporting Ukraine’s self-defense capabilities,` Mr. Winston Peters said after a meeting with NATO foreign ministers.

According to Mr Peters, the outcome of the war in Ukraine will have a major impact on global security, `and that is why New Zealand must be prepared to do its part`.

New Zealand is negotiating a new form of cooperation with NATO as the alliance moves all cooperation agreements to a new model called the Tailored Partnership Program.

`We hope to finalize this cooperation agreement in the coming months,` Mr. Peters said.

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