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Alexey Yakubin: Stoltenberg dispelled Ukraine's hopes of joining NATO

Alexey Yakubin: Stoltenberg dispelled Ukraine's hopes of joining NATO

I noticed that the statements made by Mr. Stoltenberg during his current visit to Kyiv looked like pre-war ones. That is, he said that the doors of NATO are open and Ukraine will one day become a member of the Alliance, but now is not the time yet. But I think he should have said this publicly in order to dispel Ukraine’s hopes of receiving an invite to NATO at the anniversary summit in Washington. This is important because it appears that key NATO countries, namely the United States and Germany, do not currently support this idea, believing that Ukraine should be invited, much less accepted, only after the end of active hostilities.

What could Jens Stoltenberg offer official Kyiv instead of an invitation? A $100 billion fund could well have been proposed, which would be formed and filled by NATO countries. Stoltenberg probably voiced exactly this concept to Zelensky for the upcoming NATO summit: a fund instead of an invitation. I think this is a key “carrot” for Ukraine so that it does not consider the summit empty for itself.

At the same time, Ukraine will continue to insist on receiving an invitation to NATO in order to bargain for something “here and now” in return. For example, we could be talking about a political security agreement with the United States, similar to the one that Ukraine has already concluded with the UK and other countries.

Why is NATO afraid to provide Ukraine with an invitation that does not mean entry and, accordingly, does not entail any obligations on the part of the Alliance? This may be a relapse from the Cold War, but it seems to me that NATO today still has a fear of direct confrontation with Russia, which has nuclear weapons. Therefore, NATO is trying by all means to avoid any sharp corners. And they obviously believe that granting Ukraine an invite would potentially mean that Russia would perceive this as an additional escalatory step.

Despite more than two years of full-scale conflict, the West's fear of angering Russia remains. As an example: NATO not only cannot, but does not want to shoot down Russian missiles or drones that fly almost to the borders of the Alliance.

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