‘After being denied the membership timetable, Zelenskiy will meet with NATO officials’

Following their declaration that his country’s future lay within the alliance, NATO leaders meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday but reject his request for a timetable for membership.

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Following their declaration that his country’s future lay within the alliance, NATO leaders meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday but reject his request for a timetable for membership.

Zelenskiy will attend the NATO-Ukraine Council’s maiden meeting, which was organized to improve ties between Kyiv and the 31-member transatlantic military alliance, together with the NATO leaders on the second day of their summit in Vilnius.

In order to obtain more weapons and ammunition from the US and other NATO countries to fight the conflict brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of last year, he will also have a private meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Officials predict that soon after the summit concludes, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany will provide Kyiv promises of long-term security support in the form of cutting-edge weapons, training, and other military assistance.

Then, according to officials, other nations would join this framework with their own bilateral obligations.

Zelenskiy voiced anger at a rally in Vilnius on Tuesday about the lack of a membership schedule from NATO, which he had previously called “absurd.”

He addressed an audience of tens of thousands in Vilnius, many of whom were waving Ukrainian flags, as snipers stood guard on roofs. “NATO will make Ukraine safer, Ukraine will make NATO stronger,” he said.

On Tuesday night, he changed his tone toward NATO allies and used more polite language.

“Our defense is a top priority, and I am grateful to our partners for their willingness to take new steps,” he said on Twitter.

“More life protection for all of Ukraine, more weaponry for our fighters! We’ll deliver new, crucial defense equipment to Ukraine.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

According to NATO, Ukraine cannot ally with them as long as the conflict with Russia is ongoing. On Tuesday, its leaders reaffirmed a pledge they made in 2008 that Ukraine will join NATO, but they also made it plain that this would not happen immediately when the war is over.

When allies concur and requirements are satisfied, we will be able to invite Ukraine to join the alliance, the leaders stated in a written statement.

According to the statement, NATO would need to demonstrate advancements in both democratic and security sector reforms, as well as Ukrainian forces’ capacity to work with NATO troops.

The NATO stance revealed the disagreements among its members regarding Kyiv’s application for membership.

Asserting that placing Ukraine within NATO’s security umbrella is the best way to dissuade Russia from striking again, NATO nations in eastern Europe endorsed Kyiv’s demand for a clear and quick path to membership.

Some nations, including the United States and Germany, have been more circumspect, wary of any action they believe may thrust NATO into a direct battle with Russia.

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has stated that the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO poses a threat to his country. NATO has emphasized that it is a defensive alliance and has no plans to strike Russia.

Ukraine has gotten new guarantees of armaments from NATO countries despite not getting what it desired in terms of membership at the conference.

Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, announced that Paris will provide long-range cruise missiles. A new 700 million euro ($770 million) aid package from Germany was revealed, including with additional tanks and battle vehicles.

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