Ukraine’s NATO membership is key to lasting peace, Latvian PM says
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Kyiv’s NATO accession has to be the cornerstone of a lasting peace in Ukraine, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on May 24.
"To achieve a strong peace, Ukraine must be independent, free, and included within the NATO alliance," said Kariņš.
At the same time, Stoltenberg indicated that Ukraine will not be able to join NATO as long as the war continues.
“I believe everyone understands that membership during wartime is not on the agenda,” the Secretary General said.
“The question is what will happen once the war ends.”
Previously, Stoltenberg stated that all NATO members agree that Ukraine will ultimately become a member of the alliance, but their current priority is to ensure Kyiv’s victory.
During a meeting with Stoltenberg in Kyiv on April 20, Zelenskyy emphasized that there are no barriers to political decisions regarding Ukraine’s membership.
Ukraine expects specific NATO membership proposals or security guarantees at the Vilnius Summit in July 2023.
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