NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO keeps its door open to Georgia and Ukraine. However, in his words, the countries must meet the NATO standards to join the alliance.
"NATO’s door remains open. And I was at that summit, NATO summit, in Bucharest, where we made the decision that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of NATO, but we didn’t 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, my message is that they have to focus on reform. To reform and modernise their institutions, strengthen their democratic institutions, fight corruption, implement reforms. NATO and the European Union, but I can speak on behalf of NATO, we are helping supporting those reforms efforts," Stoltenberg said in his speech at the College of Europe in Bruges.