12:17 10 Jun 2023

Ukraine will receive plan for joining NATO at Vilnius summit – deputy defense minister

The summit of the North Atlantic Alliance, which will be held in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in July this year, will fix the algorithm of our country's accession to the Alliance.

The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Volodymyr Havrylov, is sure of this, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine cites.

As the representative of the defense department noted, at the summit in July, NATO countries "will come to a certain order of our entry, which will be fixed."

Havrylov also added that despite the consensus mechanism of decision-making and the right of veto of the member countries of the Alliance, he does not think that "there will be big problems" with the decision-making regarding Ukraine.

"There are all signs that Ukraine will get what it wants in a certain format," the deputy defense minister noted.

"Even now at the summit in Vilnius, Ukraine must clearly understand that after the war, let's say within a year or two, after carrying out certain procedural things, we will be members of NATO," Havrylov emphasized.

What is known about Ukraine's accession to NATO at this time

On July 11, the NATO summit is to be held in Vilnius, at which, according to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine will expect a clear "schedule of the country's accession" to the Alliance.

According to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine is ready to join NATO. But it makes no sense to participate in the NATO summit in Vilnius if, based on its results, Ukraine does not receive specific signals from the Alliance about when it can join the military bloc.

NATO member countries express different opinions regarding Ukraine's accession. Thus, Germany declared that "the open door policy remains in force," but the country is not ready to talk about Ukraine's membership during a war.

In Poland, it is believed that now Ukraine is fighting in the interests of the Alliance, so it should have a "swift path to accession."

In addition, as the former head of NATO, Anders Rasmussen, stated, if absolute security guarantees are not provided to Kyiv at the Alliance's summer summit in Vilnius, some NATO countries may want to send troops to Ukraine.

In turn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said that the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance will not introduce troops into Ukraine's territory until the war's end.


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