remain open to any democratic country.
This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a briefing on September 30, answering the question of whether there is a possibility of an accelerated procedure for granting Ukraine Alliance membership.
"Every democratic country in Europe has this right to apply for membership and we respect this right. We say again and again that NATO remains open and we have shown it in recent years. NATO allies met in Madrid and then also a clear statement was made that we support Ukraine's right to choose its own path and decide which defense alliances to join. Of course, the decision on this membership must be made by all 30 members. This is a consensus decision," he said.
According to him, NATO's main focus now is immediate support for Ukraine to protect against the invasion of the Russian Federation.
"Now we are focused on providing direct support to Ukraine, helping Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion, and this is the main goal of NATO allies," Stoltenberg emphasized.
We will remind you that President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, that on September 30, Ukraine
submitted an application
to join NATO under an accelerated procedure.
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