(MENAFN- UkrinForm) The leaders of the Bucharest Nine have pledged to continue helping Ukraine, including by military, financial and humanitarian support.
This is stated in the joint statement by the leaders which was published on the website of the President of Poland.
“We will continue helping Ukraine to reach a peaceful solution [to the Russian-Ukrainian war] on its own terms for as long as necessary, including by military, financial and humanitarian support. Our countries have provided protection to the largest number of Ukrainian refugees,” reads the statement.
The presidents also called on Russia to immediately stop hostilities and unconditionally withdraw its forces from the territory of Ukraine.
“We also condemn all those, including Belarus, who are actively facilitating Russia's war effort,” says the statement.
The leaders of the Bucharest Nine also state that they strongly support Ukraine's Euro–Atlantic aspirations and reiterate the Bucharest 2008 decision that Ukraine will become a member of NATO.
“In this respect, we expect that in Vilnius, we will upgrade our political relations with Ukraine to a new level, and launch a new political track that will lead to Ukraine's membership in NATO, once conditions allow. We will continue our support to Ukraine on this path, also as a means to prevent the repetition of Russia's aggression. We encourage Ukraine to continue its reforms in accordance with all the Principles of the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukraine. We recognize that reforms are essential to further Ukraine's progress on the path to EU and NATO membership,” the statement underscores.
As reported, President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing the Bucharest Nine summit online, said that the July NATO Summit in Vilnius should demonstrate that the declared and real values of the Alliance do not differ, and Ukraine should be given a clear accession algorithm.
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