On Tuesday, July 11, the NATO secretary general announced measures to accelerate Ukraine's path to NATO accession
On Tuesday, July 11, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a package of three measures to accelerate Ukraine's path to NATO membership. As he stressed, the main element of this proposal is the abolition of the requirement of an action plan for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.
“A package of three more practical support elements in the form of a multi-year program to ensure full interoperability between Ukrainian and NATO armed forces will bring Ukraine closer to NATO,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
Further proposals in the package concern the strengthening of political ties by establishing a Ukraine-NATO Council, as well as removing the requirement of a membership roadmap for Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg indicated that the removal of this requirement would shorten the process of Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership from two stages to one.
Politicians in Vilnius will also discuss defense spending. The NATO chief hopes to persuade some countries to significantly increase their military spending.
The summit in the Lithuanian capital is the fourth since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Contrary to the expectations of Kyiv and some Eastern European countries, Ukraine will not receive a formal invitation to join NATO. During the summit, however, negotiations will take place on how to document Kyiv's future membership to the satisfaction of all Allies.