Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on his way to the NATO summit, reacted to the behind-the-scenes conversations of partners that at the summit, instead of membership in the alliance, only some conditions for inviting Ukraine to NATO will be discussed.
Source: Zelenskyy on Telegram
Quote: "Ukraine will be represented in Vilnius at the NATO summit. Out of respect. But Ukraine also deserves consideration.
Now, on the way to Vilnius, we have received signals that the wording without Ukraine is being discussed. And I want to emphasise that this wording is only about the invitation and not Ukraine's membership.
Unprecedented and absurd – when there is no time frame for the invitation and the membership of Ukraine, and when some strange wording is added about the 'conditions' even for the invitation of Ukraine…
There seems to be no readiness to invite Ukraine to join NATO or make it a member of the Alliance.
This means that Ukraine's membership in NATO remains a possible bargain chip – in negotiations with Russia. And for Russia, this implies a motivation to continue its terror in the future."
Details: Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine values its allies and common security: "and we always appreciate an open conversation".
He added that "uncertainty is a weakness", and promised to discuss this at the summit openly.
As of the morning of 11 July, NATO Allies still do not have an agreed decision on what the wording of the summit communiqué will be on Ukraine and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Jens Stoltenberg is confident that the summit communiqué regarding Ukraine's membership, which will be adopted in a few hours, will contain positive language.
US President Joe Biden will meet with his counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the NATO summit in Vilnius.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will arrive in Vilnius on Tuesday and attend a dinner, as well as a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council on Wednesday.