NATO member countries yesterday said that Ukraine can join the military alliance when allies agree and conditions are met. This came after President Volodymyr Zelensky criticised the lack of a timeframe and vague language regarding the conditions for inviting Ukraine. He also accused the alliance of providing Russia with motivation for invasion. In a statement, NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg emphasised that the alliance had made significant decisions and conveyed a strong message of support for Ukraine. He acknowledged Zelensky’s concerns but stressed the importance of Ukraine prevailing in its war with Russia before discussing membership.
Meanwhile,Western countries will propose long-term security commitments for Ukraine. The G7 group of nations are expected to issue a declaration on how they will help Kyiv defeat Russia and deter any new aggression in the coming years. The announcement will provide a framework under which individual nations will later agree bilateral deals with Kyiv detailing the weapons they will give.
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🗞️ #NATOSummit : Allies refuse to give Ukraine timeframe on joining :#NATO states have said Ukraine can join the military alliance “when allies agree and conditions are met” after @ZelenskyyUa criticised the “absurd” delay to accession… pic.twitter.com/nQ7S7Sjugh
— 🛰️ War in Ukraine 🍉 (@EUFreeCitizen) July 11, 2023
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine raises concerns about the potential for NATO to become directly involved in the conflict and risk a military confrontation with Russia.