White House national security spokesman John Kirby stressed that it is unlikely that Ukraine will gain membership in NATO in the near future, because that would put NATO At war with Russia.
“What can be offered to Ukraine now is to support it militarily until it wins,” Kirby told CNN.
He added, “We are looking at supporting Ukraine with what it takes to defend itself in the long term.”
While he pointed out that “Ukraine has a future in NATO.”
Summit in Vilnius
It is noteworthy that the leaders of the alliance began, on Tuesday, a summit in Vilnius, at a distance of 35 km from the border with Belarus, an ally of Moscow, and not far from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania.
At the two-day summit, they will discuss Ukraine’s efforts to join the alliance, and their determination to confront Russia, backed by Turkey’s abandonment of its objection to Sweden’s accession to the defense alliance.
“hesitation” and “weakness”
And with the start of the NATO summit in Vilnius, the Ukrainian president denounced Volodymyr Zelensky With the “hesitation” and “weakness” of NATO regarding Kiev’s accession to it, considering that this matter encourages “Russian terrorism,” as he described it.
“It seems that there is no intention to give Ukraine an invitation to NATO, nor to make it a member of the alliance,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
He also stressed that “hesitation is weakness,” considering that “not setting any timetable for the invitation or for Ukraine’s accession to the alliance is unprecedented and absurd.”
While he warned that this “means that there is still a window open for bargaining over Ukraine’s accession to NATO in negotiations with Russia,” which would encourage Moscow to “continue its terror” against Kiev, according to AFP.
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