NATO will not formally invite Ukraine to join the alliance at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in mid-July, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Speaking after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Stoltenberg said the summit would discuss ways to bring Ukraine closer to NATO but would not send a formal invitation.
"We all want this war to end, but a just peace cannot mean freezing the conflict and accepting a deal dictated by Russia," Stoltenberg stated. This announcement comes in the midst of high expectations from Ukraine regarding the NATO summit.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov recently expressed that Ukraine already plays a crucial role as NATO's eastern flank, defending democratic and civilized Europe against Russia, TVP World reported.
Reznikov further stressed that the defense of Europe is not an abstract concept for Ukraine and that the country is eagerly awaiting clarity on its prospects for NATO membership. The goal is to address practical issues and make progress within Ukraine's defense ministry and armed forces, enabling the necessary political decisions to be made at the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius.
As part of ongoing discussions, Reznikov will attend a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission at the level of defense ministers in Brussels. The meeting follows the Contact Group on the Defense of Ukraine, also known as the Ramstein group. The NATO summit, taking place on July 11-12 in Vilnius, will address crucial matters pertaining to the region's security and cooperation.
Source: Reuters - TVP World