G7 to announce long-term security guarantees for Ukraine in message to Russia

An international framework that would provide long-term security guarantees for Ukraine to strengthen its defenses against Russia and thwart future attacks, according to officials, will be announced by the G7 countries on Wednesday.
At the NATO summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was meeting with the leaders of the alliance’s 31 nations after they said on Tuesday that Ukraine’s future lay within the organization but rejected his request for a timetable for membership.

Advertisements

Ukraine has sought immediate and long-term security assurances because it cannot join the alliance while the conflict with Russia is still ongoing due to NATO’s Article 5, which states that an assault on one member is an attack on all members.

To avoid engaging in a direct battle with Russia, NATO has steadfastly refrained from providing military aid to Ukraine as a body and is eager to keep leaving it to member states and others.

The Quad, which consists of the United States, Britain, France, and Germany, has been negotiating with Kyiv for weeks to come up with a multilateral document that would establish a broad framework for member states and cover topics like modern advanced military equipment, training, intelligence-sharing, and cyberdefence.

The British government said in a statement that the joint declaration, which is anticipated to be signed by all G7 members, “will set out how allies will support Ukraine over the coming years to end the war and deter and respond to any future attack.”

The announcement will be made during a meeting of the G7, which includes the European Union, the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, Italy, and Great Britain, later on Wednesday.

Poland and Romania are expected to join the framework on Wednesday, leaving other nations free to make their own bilateral agreements, according to authorities.

Washington would soon start its own conversations with Kiev, according to a U.S. official. President Joe Biden has mentioned utilizing it as a viable model for its support of Israel.

Although the United States provides Israel with military assistance totaling around $3.5 billion annually, the partnership also involves substantial political backing.

“G7 leaders agree to enter bilateral negotiations with Ukraine to provide long-term security assistance and ensure that they have a capable fighting force to deter Russian aggression in the future. They also agree to provide support for Ukraine’s good governance reforms and strengthen Ukraine’s economy,” the U.S. official said.

Germany has already committed to initially provide military assistance totaling 12 billion euros, including 3.2 billion euros for 2023, through 2032.

Although France is in negotiations with Ukraine and said on Tuesday that it will deliver long-range cruise missiles to Kyiv for the first time, it is likely to face difficult arguments in parliament when it considers its military budget for the years 2025 to 2030.

According to diplomats, Ukraine would promise to push through governmental and judicial reforms in exchange for the guarantees.