Ukraine joins the NATO Military Commission

In a step towards deepening military cooperation, NATO held its first NATO-Ukraine Council in the form of Military Representatives with Ukraine meeting in the NATO Military Committee on November 16, marking the development of the alliance’s relationship with Ukraine.

The significance of the meeting lies in its potential implications for NATO’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict. While NATO has consistently supported Ukraine, this enhanced level of cooperation raises questions about the alliance’s role and stance on not being a direct participant in the war in Ukraine. Ukraine’s inclusion in NATO’s military discussions, while not full membership, represents a closer alignment between the two and could influence future NATO strategic decisions regarding the conflict in Ukraine and beyond.

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of the NATO Military Commission, officiating welcomed Ukrainian Military Representative Major General Serhii Salkutsanthey sit among representatives from the Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Bauer emphasized the new format’s role in facilitating detailed discussions of Ukraine’s security situation and its broader implications. “It is a pleasure to welcome you to this table and in this appropriate environment. We look forward to using this new and improved arena for comprehensive discussions on Ukrainian issues and their impact on regional and global security,” the President noted in his remarks.

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Salkuchan expressed Ukraine’s appreciation for NATO’s continued support, stressing the importance of their cooperation with the alliance that spans nearly three decades. “It is an honor to join you all and take this place among the Allies – but most of all we are truly honored to be part of the NATO Partner family and we look forward to growing even closer.”

The meeting focused on Ukraine’s efforts to counter Russian military aggression, underscoring the need for continued NATO support. Bauer emphasized that supporting Ukraine serves NATO’s security interests, citing the dangers posed by unchecked Russian military ambitions.

Salkuchan presented a piece of a downed Russian helicopter to the NATO Military Commission, reflecting Ukraine’s resolve in the conflict. “This piece of debris represents Ukraine’s righteous struggle to get its homeland back. Ukrainians have the will, the will and the determination to take back what has always been rightfully theirs. And NATO will stand by Ukraine as long as it takes,” Admiral Bauer concluded.

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