Germany stands against offering Kiev a clear roadmap or concrete guarantees of joining the Western military bloc at the upcoming summit in Lithuania, The Telegraph reported on Saturday, citing NATO officials.
Germany is reportedly wary that Kiev would immediately invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which stipulates that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against them all.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that we have to take a look at the current situation.
He argued that even Ukrainian officials admit that joining NATO is out of the question for as long as the conflict with Russia is raging, and the Western bloc should focus on other means of support for Kiev.
US President Joe Biden voiced similar concerns in a recent interview, saying Ukraine’s NATO membership would mean war with Russia, and hinting instead at a sort of arrangement a la the security we provide for Israel.
French President Emmanuel Macron also mentioned the ‘Israel model’, saying in June that we have to build something between the security provided to Israel and full-fledged membership.
The USA, Germany, and France are understood to be working on a series of bilateral security offers to Kiev, which would then be placed under an umbrella ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ endorsed by NATO and the EU.
Ukraine has demanded an invitation from NATO, or at least an announcement of when it might be ready to bring it on board, at the upcoming summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.
President Vladimir Zelensky reportedly even threatened to skip the summit unless the bloc offered concrete guarantees.
Despite some shift in rhetoric, NATO’s official position on Ukrainian membership remains mostly unchanged since 2008, when it declared that the bloc’s door is open and Ukraine will become a member at an unspecified point in the future.
Moscow has repeatedly said that it views NATO expansion to the east as a threat to national security, and has listed Ukrainian neutrality as one of the conditions for any lasting peace between the two countries.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2023.