Ukrainian President received new pledges from President Biden and G7 Leaders during NATO summit, as they are set to support Ukraine with new military capabilities in its war against Russian aggression. Zelenskyy is on the waiting list to join the NATO alliance, which is constantly being delayed, all the members reassured their support for Ukraine in its war, but it is not declared when Kyiv can join the military alliance.
The Ukrainian President made a speech to a big crowd during the NATO session and expressed NATO would defend Ukraine and, in response, the country would strengthen the military alliance. A statement was issued after the session, which urged Iran to stop supplying any of the drones to Moscow and discouraged China from supporting Russia.
On Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed Germany would send more launchers for the Patriot missile system, which is a high-profile missile system Ukraine recently received. Germany has already supported Kyiv much in its war and for a counteroffensive. Zelenskyy said on Telegram that he made a deal with the German leader for Patriot missile system launchers for Ukrainian defense as it is essential to save lives from Russian aggression.
President Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude towards Germany for their willingness to provide long-term, multi-year support to Ukraine in defense of freedom. He believes that such support programs send a positive message to the world, indicating that Europe will always be a safe and peaceful place. On Tuesday, the German defense minister expressed that they will support Ukraine against the severe fight with $769.9 million. Many European countries have greatly helped Kyiv in its battle, but there is still room for massive support as the temperature on Ukrainian battlefields is still hot.
Ukraine Still Waiting for NATO Membership
On July 12, a US official provided unclear information regarding the necessary reforms for Ukraine to join NATO. This comes after the alliance released a joint statement that did not outline a specific timeline or pathway for the country’s membership, despite its ongoing conflict.
During a press briefing, Amanda Sloat, the NSC Senior Director for Europe, stated that Ukraine must implement additional reforms to become a member. She acknowledged the progress that the country has made so far but emphasized the importance of further democratic and security sector reforms. President Joe Biden has also expressed the belief that Ukraine can achieve these goals to become a member, but the reforms remain a requirement.
Ms. Sloat stated that the message conveyed was very positive and robust, reassuring Ukraine’s membership in the alliance. She also mentioned that the Membership Action Plan (MAP) is no longer necessary for Ukraine to join. However, she stated that there are a few governance and security sector reforms that the United States is working on with Kyiv and NATO in general. Amanda Sloat referred to the “annual national program” document that Ukraine drafts and allies’ foreign ministers review each year. When asked for specific examples of the reforms the alliance seeks, she replied that the US is following Ukraine’s lead.
Amanda Sloat explained that the decisions made by the alliance are based on consensus, as seen in the discussions on the communique. As previously mentioned during the annual national program, it is essential for Ukraine to identify the necessary reforms and progress it plans to make and the issues it intends to address.