Ukraine Reaffirms That It Wants to Join NATO After Envoy Comments

Zelensky made it clear a NATO membership won't happen anytime soon

On Monday, Ukrainian officials reaffirmed their desire to join NATO after the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK suggested Kyiv was willing to drop its bid to join the alliance to ease tensions with Russia.

Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko told BBC that Ukraine could be “flexible” on the issue of a future NATO membership, but he later walked the comments back. Sergii Nykyforov, a spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO remain a priority.

At the same time, Zelensky appeared to downplay Ukraine’s NATO plans. At a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Zelensky said the prospective membership could be “like a dream.”

“How much should Ukraine go on that path?” Zelensky said of a NATO membership, as quoted by The New York Times. “Who will support us?”

Scholz also downplayed Ukraine’s prospective NATO membership. “The question of [Ukrainian] membership in alliances is practically not on the agenda,” the German leader said at the press conference. “And that is why it is strange to observe that the Russian government is making something that is practically not on the agenda the subject of major political problems.”

One of Russia’s primary security demands of the West is for a guarantee from the US and NATO that Ukraine won’t ever join the alliance. The US has rejected the idea of making a formal promise, but President Biden has said it’s unlikely Ukraine will join NATO in the “near term.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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