Reznikov named a possible date for the end of the war with Russia and Ukraine's accession to NATO
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov believes that Ukraine may become a member of NATO at the summit of the Alliance, which will be held in Washington in July 2024. Until then, in his opinion, our country will win the war with the aggressor country Russia.
The head of the defense Ministry specified that "this is just a forecast". His words were quoted by CNN on Sunday, July 23.
He recalled that Ukraine would be able to join the bloc only after the end of the war. When asked whether, in his opinion, the war might end by next summer, the minister said: "Yes. We will win this war".
Reznikov also commented on statements by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to commit to accepting Ukraine into NATO immediately after the end of the war.
"I think there is no need for that. Ukraine will have an orderly admission process, and in the meantime will continue to work on the necessary reforms," the Ukrainian defense minister said.
The head of the ministry emphasized that the benefits of Ukraine's admission to NATO have only increased given our state's struggle with Russia.
"After the victory, it will be in NATO's interest because we have become the Alliance's real eastern shield or Europe's eastern shield. Ukraine has gained real combat experience - how to contain the Russians, defeat them, beat them with NATO-standard weapons," he added.
Earlier, former special representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker expressed the opinion that Ukraine will have the unanimous support of all NATO members at the next summit in Washington in the summer of 2024.
In his opinion, Western states do not always fully realize the complexity of the situation Ukrainians are in. As a result, there is a certain frustration as allies lack a clear understanding of the current situation in Ukraine.
On July 13, on the margins of the NATO summit in Vilnius, the leaders of the G7 countries agreed on a joint declaration in support of Ukraine with security guarantees for our state. They provide for a series of bilateral security commitments to Kyiv that aim to "build a Ukraine that can defend its territorial integrity now and in the future."
Thefull text of the declaration is publicized on the website of the President of Ukraine.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Biden's State Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that Ukraine's future is in NATO, and that is off the table. And although it is not possible now to include in the North Atlantic Alliance the state that is waging a domestic war against invaders, the outcome will be one.