Yermak Warns of Russian Escalation if Excluded from NATO

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.21 - 2024 8:25 AM CET

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Ukraine's NATO bid hangs in balance: A missed invitation could spark wider conflict, warns top Ukrainian official.

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Andriy Yermak, a top Ukrainian official, warned on Ukrainian TV on February 20th that if Ukraine doesn't get an invitation to join NATO at the 2024 summit in Washington, Russia might increase its aggression.

This aggression could extend beyond Ukraine to other parts of the world, including the Middle East and Latin America.

Yermak pointed out, “The absence of an invitation for Ukraine [to join NATO] in Washington would be the new escalation.”

Yermak stressed that joining NATO is crucial for Ukraine’s safety.

He believes the Washington summit is an opportunity for Western leaders to see the importance of Ukraine becoming a full member of NATO.

The summit, marking NATO's 75th anniversary, is scheduled for July 9-11.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy expressed his hopes for the summit to bring more air defense support and clear steps towards Ukraine joining NATO.