The Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russia has drawn new pledges of military help from NATO partners. Nonetheless, these countries have not given a firm date by which Ukraine might expect to join the alliance.
Ukraine has not received a promise of when it will be admitted into NATO, despite reassurances from military alliance members during a meeting in Lithuania on Tuesday.
On Twitter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky voiced his displeasure with the lack of a firm timeline for the invitation or Ukraine’s membership, calling it “unusual and illogical.”
He confirmed his participation in Vilnius to address Kyiv’s issues openly and stated that neither an invitation to NATO nor membership in the Alliance is on the table.
Before the conference, President Joe Biden suggested there was some dispute within NATO over whether or not Ukraine should be immediately admitted.
Despite Kyiv’s complaints, the alliance members have committed to providing Ukraine with further military aid and support.
Earlier this month, Estonia’s Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna said that he anticipates Ukraine to join the alliance. However, he conceded that it would be impossible to implement while hostilities continued in Ukraine.
Like the United Kingdom, France has supplied Ukraine with long-range cruise missiles. Hardened targets deep behind the front lines are within range of these missiles.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that Paris would expand arms shipments to Ukraine in response to the latter’s escalating counteroffensive, with the latter receiving new deep-strike capabilities.
The British government said in a separate press release on Wednesday that the G7 meeting in Vilnius will result in a critical international framework for Ukraine’s long-term security arrangements.
After receiving strong backing from NATO countries, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said President Putin would get the message.
Norwegian Defense Minister Bjrn Arild Gram said on Wednesday that Oslo would also provide Ukraine with 1,000 tiny surveillance drones.