Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg: NATO’s door remains open for Georgia, Ukraine

Jens Stoltenberg has stated that ‘whether a country becomes a member of NATO or not is to be decided by that country and the members of NATO, no one else’. Photo:, 04 Mar 2021 - 21:50, Tbilisi,Georgia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the College of Europe in Bruges earlier today that ‘NATO’s door remains open’ for Georgia and Ukraine.

Stoltenberg said that he was at the NATO summit in Bucharest back in 2008 when the alliance made a decision that Georgia and Ukraine will become its members but they ‘did not set any fixed date’.

For a country to become member they need to meet the NATO standards and therefore my message to both Ukraine and Georgia -  two different countries with different geography and history but both aspiring for NATO membership - is that they have to focus on reform”, Jens Stoltenberg said.

He said this includes to: 

  • implement reforms 
  • modernise and strengthen democratic institutions 
  • fight corruption