NATO Summit in Washington: Laying the Groundwork for Ukraine's Membership

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.03 - 2024 7:55 AM CET

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The NATO summit will focus on creating a roadmap for Ukraine's entry into the Alliance.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has announced the upcoming NATO summit's pivotal agenda: forging a clear path for Ukraine's membership in the Alliance. This announcement was made during a press conference alongside France's Foreign Minister, Stephane Sejournay.

The Road to Membership

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) approaches its 75th anniversary, its leaders are set to convene in Washington this July with a focus that resonates with strategic foresight and unity.

Blinken's revelations at the conference, as reported by European Truth, emphasize the Alliance's determination to extend its membership to Ukraine, fulfilling a commitment made at the Vilnius summit.

The priority, according to the Secretary of State, is now to craft a "good and clear roadmap" to ensure Ukraine's seamless transition into NATO ranks.

"I think that the NATO summit for its 75th anniversary will really focus very specifically on how we can create this road map. Or, to use another image, the necessary bridge that will allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO," said Blinken.

Pre-Summit Diplomacy in Full Swing

In the lead-up to the landmark summit, Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, is slated for a series of critical meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels. These engagements, occurring on April 3-4, include discussions with over a dozen Western counterparts, along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell.

Kuleba's diplomatic marathon coincides with the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO.

The strategic dialogue between NATO members and Ukraine has gained momentum following recent escalations in the region, including Russia's intensive shelling of Ukrainian infrastructure. The meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council was convened on April 28 in Brussels, at Kyiv's behest.

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