NATO member countries are considering the possibility of concluding a long-term agreement with Ukraine under which Kyiv will receive Western weapons and military technologies, President of Poland Andrzej Duda said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden and other Western leaders said that NATO-Ukraine relations could be modeled on American-Israeli security relations. At the moment, an agreement has been concluded between the United States and Israel, which provides for the multi-billion-dollar supply of American weapons within ten years. At the same time, the US did not undertake to help Israel in the event of external aggression.
The Wall Street Journal, citing a representative of the White House, writes that the Western allies are trying to work out a formula for interaction with Ukraine that will allow it to provide long-term support in the field of security, based on the thesis that Ukraine will most likely not become a member of NATO in the near future years Such an agreement should leave the Kremlin hoping that a protracted war is in its interests, that Western support for Ukraine will decrease over time. “Russia must understand today that Ukraine has received security guarantees and that the effect of these guarantees will not end after the page of time,” Andrzej Duda said in an interview with the newspaper.
It is expected that the creation of the Ukraine-NATO Council will be announced at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July of this year. Kyiv will have the right to hold council meetings and request istance from NATO member states. The United States, Great Britain, France and Germany should be the direct participants in the agreement on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine.
Despite persistent calls for Ukraine to start the process of its admission to NATO, Western capitals do not hide that its admission to NATO is not possible in the near future. As the President of Poland emphasized in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ukraine’s admission to NATO is impossible while there is a war on its territory, but Russia’s invasion opened the way for Kyiv to NATO.