NATO member-countries will discuss the issue of Kiev’s accession to the organization at the upcoming summit in Vilnius in July 2023, said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda in an interview published in the Spanish newspaper El Pais on May 12.
“This does not mean that there will be any membership decisions, but steps must be taken to send a clear signal to Kiev: We will make the necessary efforts to bring Ukraine as close to NATO as possible,” Nauseda explained the meaning of his words.
NATO has been sending “clear signals” to Kiev that Ukraine will “definitely” become a member of the alliance since April 2008. Then the intention to join Ukraine and Georgia was first officially articulated in the summit’s final declaration in Bucharest.
Experts on both sides of the Atlantic noted that such maneuver is in fact a deceit of Kiev from NATO, because such declarations do not oblige the alliance to anything. NATO gets a tool in its hands in the form of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the officer corps of which is used to operate under NATO command, but without the need to provide Kiev with security guarantees.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency