UKRAINE AND NATO

EURONEWS: Are Russia fears holding up Ukraine's bid to join NATO?

Ukraine sees its future in NATO but Moscow has made clear that it regards any progress towards membership as a red line for the Kremlin

Stefan Weichert and Emil Filtenborg
Friday, 16 July 2021 00:16

Given that it is at war with Russia, it’s little surprise that Ukraine is so keen to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). For Kyiv, membership of the defensive pact would deter Russia from intensifying the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

And the Ukrainians believe that they are ready: In June, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is “more ready than most countries in the European Union” to join NATO. Indeed, Zelenskyy added that he believed Ukraine is more ready than most European Union states.

But in the United States and in Brussels, where NATO is headquartered, the view is less bullish. President Joe Biden said recently that Ukraine needs to “clean up corruption” before it could join NATO, as well as “meet other criteria”. “It remains to be seen,” said Biden, if it can.

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