The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmitro Kulebaexplained this Wednesday that There is no “stagnation” in the response Counteroffensive Kyiv until the Russian invasion, and stressed that his country’s goal remains to regain control of the entire territory according to the borders established in 1991. “There is no standstill”declared upon his arrival at the meeting of foreign ministers NATO which ends today in Brussels.
This Wednesday’s meeting will be the first meeting at the US Secretary of State level NATO-Ukraine Council, a joint body bringing together allies and Ukraine to consult on the crisis and make joint decisions. “ We have to keep going, we have to keep fighting . Ukraine will not give in. Our strategic goal, territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders since 1991, remains unchanged. And nothing will stop us,” Kuleba said. He added that It is “not just about the security of Ukraine, but about the security of the entire Euro-Atlantic area.”
Asked about suggestions that Kiev should cede territory to Russia to become a member of NATO, Kuleba said those raising the possibility should propose it to their own governments. “If so, I’m willing to listen to their arguments, but somehow it’s always easy to advise someone to give in and make concessions.” “First of all, they should do it themselves,” he said.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy emphasized the importance of a “significant” increase in the production of weapons, ammunition and “other military equipment”. “We must create a Euro-Atlantic common defense industry space. “This is the only way we can not only continue to provide sufficient assistance to Ukraine, but also ensure the security and defense capabilities of the NATO countries themselves,” he said.
He trusted that the US Congress “will find a solution that is in the best interests of the American people, which is to support both Israel and Ukraine.” “The best way to avoid sending your own soldiers to war is to help another country fight its own war. (…) Ukraine never asked for American soldiers on site. And that is a question of principles. This is what makes us very different from others. Our treatment is very fair. You give us everything we need and we fight. “We are not asking you to sacrifice your life,” he said.
In a statement alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Kuleba said Ukraine’s victory was “in the interest not only of Kiev, but of the entire Euro-Atlantic community.” “It would be no exaggeration to say that defending Europe without Ukraine is a pointless task.”he assured.
For his part, Stoltenberg pointed out that today’s meeting between the allies and Ukraine “shows” that Kiev is getting “ever closer” to NATO. “All allies agree that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance, and we must now discuss the way forward, reform efforts and how NATO can support you in implementing these reforms,” he said.
He called for Russia “not to be underestimated” and to be “prepared” for new air and missile attacks from Moscow. “It is important that our solidarity with Ukraine is expressed not only in words but also in actions,” he said.