France intends to support Ukraine's membership in NATO - Le Monde
France intends to support Ukraine's membership in NATO. Paris believes that giving our country the prospect of joining the Alliance could help reduce Russia's desire to continue the war.
It could also convince Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to sit down at the negotiating table. This was reported by the French newspaper Le Monde, citing anonymous sources.
It is noted that until recently, France was not ready to discuss Ukraine's membership in the Alliance. But in recent months, the authorities in Paris have reconsidered their views on this issue. In this regard, during a meeting of the Defence Council at the Elysee Palace on 12 June, there was a debate on the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO.
"Ukraine's accession to NATO could discourage Russia from continuing the war or, if the conflict ends, prevent any new aggression. The prospect of membership could, incidentally, persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to enter into negotiations when he deems it necessary, depending on the results of the counter-offensive," the article says.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- According to Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine is already playing the role of NATO's eastern flank. In his opinion, during the summit in Vilnius, it will become clear when and how our country will be able to become a full member.
- Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that a group of NATO countries may want to deploy troops in Ukraine. This decision may be taken if Ukraine does not receive real security guarantees at the summit in Vilnius on 11 July.
- The EU Chief of Military Staff rejected the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine. According to him, the EU and NATO do not want to become a party to the conflict.