NATO is ready to expand, but before the decision on a new member is taken, it should determine whether the country complies with NATO standards, Stoltenberg says.
He added that for joining the Alliance Ukraine needs to upgrade its army, modernize it. Stoltenberg says that NATO supports Ukraine politically and practically, provides assistance in cyber security, logistics, conducts training for Ukrainian military, helping bring Ukraine's army to up-to-date standards.
Speaking of arms supply, NATO secretary general says that this question is out of the competence of the Alliance. According to Stoltenberg, when it comes to supplying arms, the issue is not within the competence of NATO as it does not possess weapons. Alliance's members decide on the matter only on case-by-case basis, he says.
Stoltenberg states that when Ukraine decides to apply for NATO membership, the Alliance will consider it.