NATO included the symbolic word “invitation” in its conclusions on Ukraine. However, it has too much But For Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: This is linked to the fulfillment of several conditions, including an end to the war, institutional strengthening, progress against corruption and interoperability of troops.
“We want to be on the same page with everybody,” Zelenskiy said on his arrival at a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on Wednesday: “What we hear and understand is that we will have this invitation when security measures allow it. And I want to discuss it with our partners. Today, Ukraine is going to speak and fight for it, for Ukraine’s security guarantees on the way to NATO.
In other words, Zelensky suggests that if NATO membership depends on security conditions, he calls on the Atlantic alliance to help Ukraine meet security conditions, which mainly involve winning a war against Russia and having a military status that deters future threats. .
Declaration of the G7 on the security of Ukraine
In this sense, on Tuesday, at the last minute, the concept of “reciprocal security guarantees” was dropped from the wording of the statement, because the organization as such cannot give guarantees to a third country, but must be from country to country. Poland, one of Ukraine’s main allies, saw it as short. And, given what Zelensky said, these “security guarantees on the way to NATO” are a demand from Ukraine that the G7 is also trying to address through a final declaration.
The joint declaration, expected to be signed by all G7 members, sets out how allies will support Ukraine in the coming years “to end the war and to deter and respond to any future attack”. A UK statement said. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “As Ukraine continues to strategically counterattack and Russian forces begin to degrade Putin’s front line, we are strengthening formal arrangements to protect Ukraine in the long term.”
The Ukrainian president also made it a priority to talk about “new weapons packages to support our army on the battlefield” at the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council this Wednesday in Vilnius.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained what they are talking about when they talk about getting the “right conditions”: “I think we have to understand that there are at least two dimensions. It’s one thing how much they were able to do [en Ucrania] Modernizing defense and security institutions to strengthen their governance, including the fight against corruption. And these issues are discussed during all NATO enlargements. Because we want good governance, we want modern defense and security institutions, and we want an army compatible with NATO.”
“Then there is another dimension,” Stoltenberg said: “And that is the fact that there is a war in Ukraine. Ukrainian forces displayed courage, skill and competence that impressed the whole world. But at the same time, there is a full-fledged war. Therefore, I think all allies agree that when there is a war, it is not the time to make Ukraine a full member of the alliance. These are two different things: the issue of governance, corruption, compatibility, which is war or not, and the second issue is the ongoing war in Ukraine. And we must address both. ”
According to the NATO Secretary General, “it is important that we have the tools to ensure that Ukraine joins. For the first time, “invite” is part of the language. And for the first time, we’ve removed the membership action plan requirement [MAP, en sus siglas en inglés]. It’s a big step. There has never been stronger language from NATO about joining, and there has never been a more concrete statement about what we are actually going to do to make Ukraine a member of the alliance.
Source: El Diario