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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the organization recognizes Ukraine's aspirations to become member of the Alliance.

"We also restated NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine. We recognize Ukraine’s aspirations to join the Alliance," Stoltenberg told a press conference in Brussels following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Georgia and Ukraine in Foreign Ministers' session on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

The NATO chief says "progress has already been made on reforms" in Ukraine, while "challenges remain."

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"[W]e encourage Ukraine to continue on this path of reform. This is crucial for prosperity and peace in Ukraine," said Stoltenberg.

He also noted that the Allies "greatly value our unique partnerships with Georgia and Ukraine."

"In different ways, each of them contributes to our shared security. And NATO remains committed to strengthening our ties with both countries," Stoltenberg said.