NATO summit in Vilnius prepares to adopt joint declaration with states' commitments on Ukraine - FT
During the NATO summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 11-12 July, the member states may sign a multilateral declaration regarding assistance to Ukraine. The North Atlantic Alliance may raise the status of the existing NATO-Ukraine commission to the level of a council.
This assumption was made by the Financial Times, citing its own anonymous sources. It should be noted that there is no official data on the summit plan yet.
The FT interlocutors reported that Ukraine's partner countries will focus on codifying existing military supplies and make a clear promise that they will continue. Kiev will also be given guarantees concerning military training by Western allies, intelligence sharing, and assistance with defense policy reforms.
Raising the status of the NATO-Ukraine commission to the level of a council would give Kyiv an equal place at the negotiating table with members of the alliance and allow it to convene meetings for "crisis consultations," the paper believes.
It is noted that this will increase both short-term and long-term security, as well as prepare the country for joining NATO. However, not everyone is happy with this decision.
Skeptics include Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. She and a number of other politicians warn that such guarantees "blur the picture" and divert attention from Ukraine's full membership in the military bloc. Kallas likes to joke that for a person whose native language is not English, "representations", "obligations" and "guarantees" can pass for synonyms, while you can rely only on Article 5.
The publication recalled that the West and even Russia have already made promises to Ukraine on paper. This is the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994, which in 2014 and 2022 showed that it means nothing.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote:
- U.S. President Joe Biden said that Ukraine is not yet ready to join NATO, and to consider this issue requires that the war unleashed by Russia is over. At the same time, he assured that the U.S. will continue to help Ukraine, just as it does for Israel.