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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visits Kyiv

The agenda included key defence issues that require attention and the situation on the battlefield.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visits Kyiv
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Kyiv, according to the Alliance's website.

At a joint press conference with Stoltenberg, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the talks meaningful. He noted that it was a conversation between de facto allies, and it was only a matter of time before Ukraine would become a de jure member of the Alliance.

"We are doing everything to bring this moment closer," he said.

According to the president, the parties discussed all key defence issues that require attention, the true situation on the battlefield and the needs of the defenders.

The Allies agreed that Ukraine does not need an action plan for NATO membership. They also discussed the NATO summit in Washington next year.

Stoltenberg said he was glad to be back in the city where free hearts beat. He said that during his last visit, he discussed Ukraine's upcoming counter-offensive, and now Ukrainian troops have already advanced.

He believes that Ukraine has strong support from all NATO member states and other countries that are part of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group.

He also noted that he expects good news from the Defence Industries Forum to open soon in Kyiv.

"Ukraine's future is in NATO," Stoltenberg added.

Defence Ministers Grant Shapps of the United Kingdom and Sebastien Lecornu of France are also paying working visits to Kyiv.

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