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Ukraine will become NATO member – US Secretary of State, Blinken
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Fri, 5 Apr 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

United States, US, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that Ukraine will become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO.

He stated this during a chat with journalists on Thursday at a summit to mark NATO’s 75th anniversary.

“Ukraine will become a member of NATO. Our purpose at the summit is to help build a bridge to that membership,” said Blinken.

The US Secretary of State assured that the support for Ukraine remains “rock solid” among member states.

European leaders have been anxious about US support for Ukraine as a $60 billion aid package is held up in Congress by Republicans.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attended the summit to press for more air defence systems, which he said they agreed to.

“Allies will undertake an exercise of allocating or finding this – identifying these additional air defence systems in order to bring them to Ukraine, to provide them to Ukraine and help defend our skies,” he told reporters.

On Wednesday, NATO ministers agreed to start planning to play a greater role in coordinating military aid to Ukraine.

Under a proposal by Stoltenberg, NATO would take over work done by a US-led coalition known as the Ramstein group to guard against any cut in support if Donald Trump is re-elected president in November.

Diplomats said that Stoltenberg also proposed a fund of €100 billion to support Ukraine’s military over five years.

 

 

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