The second day of the NATO summit kicked off in Vilnius: Zelensky held talks with Trudeau, Scholz and Sunak (updated)
The second day of the NATO summit kicked off in Vilnius on July 12. The Ukrainian delegation will continue bilateral talks with partners, the main priority of which will be to strengthen the Ukrainian army on the battlefield and obtain new weapons for Ukrainian warriors. President Zelensky has already met with the leaders of Canada, Germany and the UK.
The first inaugural meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council, attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, will also take place. OBOZREVATEL is following the course of events in the Lithuanian capital and the decisions that will be made during the second day of the summit.
12:18. Australia has announced a new aid package for Ukraine.
"A new powerful defense package, including 30 Bushmaster PMVs," Zelensky reported.
12:11. Zelensky spoke with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. He called the meeting productive.
"The meeting with Rishi Sunak. The third meeting and the third success for Ukraine at the summit today. Defense, politics, our common security. Thanked for weapons, including long-range weapons. Strong support for Ukraine's path to NATO, as well as preparing security guarantees for Ukraine on its way to NATO. A very good meeting!" the President emphasized.
12:04. Zelensky met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
"Started a meeting with Australia. We will discuss the defense package for Ukraine with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Thank you for your support!" the President of Ukraine noted.
11:37. During negotiations between Ukraine and Germany, agreements have been reached on Berlin's transfer of additional MIM-104 Patriot launchers and missiles to them.
"Continued talking about security guarantees for Ukraine on its way to NATO with Chancellor Scholz. Thank you for your support! There is an agreement on additional Patriot launchers and missiles for them from Germany. This is very important to protect life in Ukraine from Russian terror! I am grateful for Germany's willingness to provide long-term, multi-year support for Ukraine and our defense of freedom. Long-term support programs are the best signal to everyone in the world that our Europe will remain a space of security and peace," Zelensky said.
11:36. Yermak announced "an important stage in months of work" on security guarantees for Ukraine on its way to NATO.
"I hope that today in Vilnius will be an important stage in our months-long work with partners, experts, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. We are preparing the foundation, which is the understanding of security guarantees on the way to NATO, expanded into bilateral security treaties with specific guarantor states", he wrote.
11:25. Zelensky began talks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
"The meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has begun. Our negotiations always strengthen global security! News will be soon," the head of state said.
11:30. Ukraine and Sweden signed an agreement on cooperation in defense procurement.
"This document opens great opportunities both for our Armed Forces and for Swedish companies such as SAAB and others. Thank you to my friend and colleague Paul Johnson. United by common colors, united by common values!" Reznikov emphasized.
11:28. Ukrainian President says important agreements have been reached to provide Ukrainian soldiers with armored vehicles during talks with a Canadian delegation.
"Meeting with Mr. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. A meaningful start to the day at the summit! We discuss security guarantees for Ukraine on the way to NATO, we have an understanding from Canada, there will be an understanding from the world. Preparing an important security victory for Ukraine. I am grateful to Justin and Canada for reinforcing our warriors with armored vehicles. There are powerful agreements", Zelensky emphasized.
11:00. Zelensky started a meeting with German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
"We have started a meeting with Germany. The dialog with Olaf Scholz will be, as always, informative. We are waiting for good news on the protection of the lives of Ukrainians and our defense," the President of Ukraine said.
10:36. In a conversation with Ukrainian journalists,Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo has said that he does not believe NATO's decision regarding Ukraine is one that will encourage Russia to continue its aggression.
"I think this decision shows that there is full support from NATO countries for Ukraine to win this war. But we are engaged in a delicate balancing act. We fully support Ukraine, and that support will be significant and long-lasting, but we don't want to end up in a war with Russia ourselves. It will not benefit anyone, it will not help us, it will not help Ukraine if NATO countries find themselves at the foot of a war with Russia," the Belgian prime minister concluded.
10:21. NATO leaders continue to arrive at the summit in Vilnius.
10:13. President Zelensky began his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian delegation.
"The first issue today is weapons for our warriors," the head of state said.
10:06. Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak announced Zelensky's participation in the first inaugural meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council, a number of bilateral meetings and key topics of negotiations.
"Vilnius. Today is the first inaugural meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council. Bilateral meetings with our allies are also scheduled. We will talk about defense, security, weapons and the Formula of Peace of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky," Yermak said.
10:02. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived at the NATO summit. He spoke to journalists on the margins of the summit.
Specifically, the head of state said he came to the NATO summit for three things: security guarantees, an invitation to the Alliance and weapons.
"We have three priority issues on our agenda today. First is new arms packages to help our army on the battlefield. Second, I think, is an invitation to NATO. We want to be on the same side with everybody, with all understanding. Today we recieve a lot of information and I realize that we will get that invitation when security measures allow. I want to discuss all these points with my partners.... And the third thing that we will discuss today is security guarantees for Ukraine on its way to NATO," Zelensky said.
He expressed his conviction that Ukraine would definitely become a part of the North Atlantic alliance.
"I believe that we will receive this invitation (to NATO, - ed.) when security conditions will allow it. I want to discuss all these issues with partners. And the main thing is security guarantees for Ukraine on the way to joining NATO," Zelensky said.
09:52. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has called the decision on Ukraine adopted at the summit "the maximum" that the partners were able to agree upon.
"This (statements that the decision made at the summit was insufficient. - Ed.) is Ukraine's position. So you'd better ask Mr. Zelensky about it. I believe that this is the maximum we could achieve yesterday. Because nobody is talking about membership now. We are talking about membership when conditions allow," Niinisto said.
09:11. Polish President Andrzej Duda said that he considers NATO's decision on Ukraine at the summit in Vilnius insufficient. He said this to Ukrainian journalists on the margins of the summit.
At the same time, Duda hopes that Ukrainians will be able to join the Alliance in a few years, but he did not specify the possible terms, referring to the need to reach consensus among all NATO members. In addition, Duda is sure that Ukraine will not be admitted to NATO until the war is over, because this would mean invoking Article 5 and the need for collective defense.
08:49. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, Polish President Andrzej Duda and European Council President Charles Michel have spoken to journalists on the margins of the summit.
08:45. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's office has announced security guarantees for Ukraine to be provided by the G7 countries on July 12. The signing of a joint declaration is planned.
According to Reuters, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany will give Kyiv guarantees of long-term security support in the form of advanced weapons, training and other military assistance, possibly shortly after the summit comes to end. Other countries will then join in with their own bilateral commitments.
07:58. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has shared a landmark "family photo" from Vilnius.
"We have gathered several 'families' in support of Ukraine: a family of tankers, a family of artillerymen, a family of air defense, and now a family of jetfighters. I am sure that Ukraine will soon join the NATO family as well. Thanks to the courage of our people, we have created new alliances and coalitions. We have united the world in this fight against darkness. And we will win!" he signed the photo.
The photo shows ministers of Ukraine's partner countries who signed a memorandum on training Ukrainian pilots on F-16s the day before. In total, 11 countries joined the "family of jetfighters". British Defense Minister is not in the photo. However, Reznikov assured, his signature in the document is next to the others.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about his expectations from the second day of the NATO summit in Vilnius the previous evening.
He stressed that Ukraine's defense would remain a priority in the talks between the Ukrainian delegation and the allies on the margins of the summit.
"Tomorrow we will continue our work in Vilnius. Our defense is the first priority. And I am grateful to partners for their willingness to make new steps. More weapons for our warriors, more saved lives of the Ukrainians. Let's bring new important defense tools to Ukraine," the head of state announced .
The Ukrainian president will also hold a number of bilateral meetings, including talks with American, Canadian, German, British, Dutch, Japanese and other partners.
In addition, on June 12, the first inaugural meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council will be held, which will be attended by Zelensky. The key goal of the Council is to coordinate relations between our state and the North Atlantic Alliance and strengthen the partnership.
Consequently, the second day of the summit promises to be no less eventful than the first.
We shall remind you that the day before NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a joint decision of the member states that Ukraine would become a member of NATO without fulfilling the MAP on membership. He also noted that Kyiv would receive an invitation to the alliance when "all allies agree and conditions are met", however, the discussion of Ukraine's accession is possible only after the end of the war with Russia.
The joint communiqué of the Vilnius summit of the North Atlantic Alliance confirmed that the path of our state today has gone beyond the need for the Membership Action Plan. Member countries also fully supported Ukraine's right to choose its own security arrangements and its future in NATO
Several important decisions from partner countries to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield were also announced.
For example, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the transfer of SCALP long-range missiles to Ukraine, which has already led to hysteria in Russia. These missiles are the French version of the British Storm Shadow. This long-range weapon can hit targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers.
Germany will provide Ukraine with a new military aid package worth 600 million euros: it will include, among other things, two Patriot SAM launchers. The package will include two Patriot SAM launchers, 25 Leopard tanks, 20,000 artillery shells, 20 Marder BMPs, 20,000 artillery shells and other weapons.
A coalition to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets was officially established the day before. The corresponding memorandum with Ukraine was signed by the defense ministers of 11 partner countries: Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Sweden and Romania.