Parliamentary speakers warn against stalling Ukraine's NATO membership bid

The speakers of the parliaments of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Ukraine have adopted a joint statement on Ukraine's future membership of NATO in which they ask for allance members attending the Vilnius NATO summit "to commit to Ukraine becoming a NATO member" with a clear path towards that goal.

The speakers met in Riga July 9-10 and at the conclusion of their discussions called on allies participating in the Vilius summit to commit to Ukraine becoming a NATO member, and for the Alliance to define a path for it  to join NATO.

In addition, they said NATO member states should "work closely to develop security commitments for Ukraine which will in no way be an alternative to Ukraine`s membership in NATO and should not slow down Ukraine's progress towards membership in NATO" – perhaps signalling what they believe will be the strategy of some NATO members in Vilnius who are less keen on admitting Ukraine to the alliance.


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In addition they urge NATO members to support the Peace Formula of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to continue taking coordinated measures to meet Ukraine's urgent needs for military and defense equipment, (in particulr air defence systems, long range artillery and necessary ammunition, tanks and combat aircraft), to assist Ukraine in restoring its internationally recognized borders of 1991, to provide NATO’s practical assistance to Ukraine by further strengthening the Comprehensive Assistance Package, and "to take the NATO-EU strategic partnership to the next level."

The joint statement issued by the parliaentary speakers is attached to this news story and their press conference is below.




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