Tuesday , 28 May 2024
Home Volunteer Post Ukraine Receives Continued Commitment from NATO
Volunteer Post

Ukraine Receives Continued Commitment from NATO

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022. This invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign nation, galvanized NATO and its members to provide support. It has also raised the topic of future membership for Ukraine in that common defense alliance.

NATO Policy of Zelensky and Ukraine

President Zelensky and officials with NATO Application. Credited to the Office of the President of Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine was applying for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on September 30th, 2022. This was seven months after the invasion by Russia in February of that year. In an official Presidential statement, it was made clear that the embattled nation sought an accelerated entry into the Alliance.

“De facto, we have already completed our path to NATO,” the statement read. “De facto, we have already proven interoperability with the Alliance’s standards, they are real for Ukraine- real on the battlefield and in all aspects of our interaction.”

Zelensky was asserting that Ukraine was unofficially acting as a member of the Alliance. What the President was advocating for was making that fact, as he saw it, official.

“Today, Ukraine is applying to make it de jure,” it continued, “Under a procedure consistent with our significance for the protection of our entire community” of Euro-Atlantic nations.

Because Zelensky did not want to waste any time in making Ukraine officially part of NATO, he laid out his desire for an accelerated process.

“Under an accelerated procedure,” the statement added, noting the applications for entry into NATO from Sweden and Finland which did not require a Membership Action Plan as a basis. The statement also argued that this step was in line with reality and the values of the Alliance.

“We understand that this requires the consensus of all members of the Alliance,” it concluded.

NATO Vilnius Summit Communique on Ukraine

NATO Vilnius Summit of 2023 Logo. Credited to NATO.

NATO made its support for Ukraine clear in its Vilnius Summit Communique issued on July 11th, 2023. The Communique declares that “Russia bears full responsibility for” its invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The war “has gravely undermined Euro-Atlantic and global security”. Therefore, Russia “must be held accountable” by the international community. It sustains the condemnation of Russia’s “annexation” of Crimea in 2014. It also condemns “Russian war crimes and other atrocities” as acts for which the perpetrators must be held to account.

The Communique calls for Russia to put an end to its invasion. It also calls for all nations to refrain from assisting the Kremlin’s campaign, accusing Belarus and Iran by name. The document commits NATO to a peace process based on “sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence” according to the UN Charter. It also recognizes Ukraine’s “inherent right to self-defense” as a sovereign nation. NATO further “welcome(s) efforts of all Allies and partners engaged in providing support to Ukraine” against the invasion.

Of particular interest is the following:

“We reaffirm the commitment we made in the 2008 Summit in Bucharest that Ukraine will become a member of NATO” in the future. Furthermore, “today we recognize Ukraine’s path” into NATO no longer requires “a Membership Action Plan.” This step in the procedure, previously a requirement for Ukraine, has been replaced by new conditions.

According to the Communique, NATO “decided to establish the NATO-Ukraine Council” at Vilnius. This is “a new joint body where Allies and Ukraine sit as equal members to advance political dialogue, engagement, cooperation, and Ukraine’s” interest in NATO membership. This body is meant to serve both a consultative role and a decision-making one, and is to be able to respond to crises.

Zelensky’s Criticism of Lack of Clarity on Ukraine Membership

Earlier on July 11th, President Zelensky responded to what would be NATO’s stance on Ukraine’s future entry into the organization through his official account on X (Twitter):

“It’s unprecedented and absurd when [the] time frame is not set neither for the invitation nor for Ukraine’s membership,” the Ukrainian president asserted. “While at the same time vague wording about “conditions” is added even for inviting Ukraine.”

Zelensky’s added, “It seems there is no readiness neither to invite Ukraine to NATO nor to make it a member of the Alliance.”

“This means that a window of opportunity is being left to bargain Ukraine’s membership in NATO in negotiations with Russia,” Zelensky claimed. He concluded, “And for Russia, this means motivation to continue its terror.”

“Uncertainty is weakness,” the President warned and vowed to reiterate this point at Vilnius.

Zelensky and Stoltenberg Press Conference

President Zelensky and Secretary General Stoltenberg. Credited to NATO. Sourced from Courthouse News Service article.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and President Zelensky held a press conference during the Vilnius Summit on July 12th. Stoltenberg noted that NATO’s military assistance to Ukraine would modernize its forces and make them “fully interoperable with” the Alliance. The Secretary General declared that the first NATO-Ukraine Council would meet after the conference. He explained that the new policy “change[d] Ukraine’s membership path from a two-step process to a one-step process”. The nation’s entry to NATO would take place “when Allies agree that conditions are met.”

President Zelensky declared that “Ukraine is already and will always be a contributor to […] [NATO] common security” interests. The Ukrainian president welcomed the continued financial and material aide of the Allies and thanked Stoltenberg personally for his support of the country’s defense. Zelensky acknowledged that new military packages had been pledged by NATO members. He also highlighted the important motion of removing the requirement of a Membership Action Plan.

“We have taken a long path in interoperability with NATO,” Zelensky claimed, “and our soldiers have a good [sic] expertise in cooperation with NATO, and they have proven they can well use the weapons…”

The President reiterated the importance of the security guarantees NATO was giving Ukraine.

“I would like to have a success on this Summit for everyone […],” he said, “and particularly the security guarantees that are so important for the people. The security guarantees for Ukraine on our way to NATO. Not instead of NATO, but the security guarantees on our way to integration.”

He concluded by acknowledging that the G7 countries were to confirm these security guarantees. A Joint Resolution was released by G7 members on July 12th.

Zelensky’s Official Stance on the Outcome

Despite Zelensky having not achieved all of his objectives, the Ukrainian president claimed the Summit as a success for his nation after the G7 released their joint statement.

“The outcome of the NATO Summit in Vilnius was very much needed and [was] a meaningful success for Ukraine,” Zelensky argued. “Today there are security guarantees for Ukraine on the way to NATO.”

“[The] Ukrainian delegation is bringing home [a] significant security victory for the Ukraine,” Zelensky stated, emphasizing the new opportunities for Ukraine and extending his thanks to NATO leadership.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Authorities Receive Criticism for Maui Wildfire Response

The significant loss of life and destruction caused by the Maui wildfire...

Importance of Ocean Floor Raised by Seabed 2030

Earth’s ocean floors remain among the most poorly understood areas on the...

Classic Learning Test Adopted by Florida’s DeSantis Administration

Florida’s adoption of the Classic Learning Test (CLT) expands options for testing...

Hollywood Actors and Writers Continue to Strike Until Their Paid What They’re Worth

SAG-AFTRA actors and screenwriters continued to strike on Monday with their picket...