Ukraine’s path towards NATO membership should persist despite war, Lithuania says

12 January, 05:32 AM
Gitanas Nauseda in Lviv on January 11, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk)

Gitanas Nauseda in Lviv on January 11, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk)

The question of Ukraine's membership in NATO shouldn’t disappear from the alliance’s agenda, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said during his visit to Lviv on Jan. 11.

During a briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Polish President Andrzej Duda, Nauseda said that Lithuania is doing a lot to ensure that Ukraine can benefit from NATO’s “open door” policy.

According to Nauseda, the three presidents discussed security guarantees Ukraine could receive at the next NATO summit.

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"Today the war continues, and the territorial integrity of Ukraine is being violated,” Nauseda said.

“It must be restored first. At the same time, Ukraine's membership in NATO cannot be taken off the agenda. We have to agree on algorithms and formulas that we will use to move forward in this aspect.”

Lithuanian president also expressed hope that Ukraine's EU’s membership will be discussed at the European Council meeting on Feb. 9-10.

Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine’s membership depends on its success in the war with Russia.

On Sept. 30, 2022, Zelenskyy announced Ukraine applies for NATO membership on an expedited basis. The application was signed by the president, PM Denys Shmyhal, and Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk.

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