White House elaborates on U.S. position on Ukraine’s accession to NATO

The United States supports Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO, but the country needs reforms.

That’s according to White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki who spoke at a briefing on Wednesday, September 1, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

At the June NATO summit, Allies in their joint statement reaffirmed their support for “Ukraine’s right to decide its own future foreign policy, free from outside interference, “including with respect to Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO.”

At the same time, Psaki noted, there are steps Ukraine must take to this end, and that the Ukrainian government is “very familiar with these.”

“Those are steps that aspirant countries like Ukraine need to take in order to meet NATO standards for memberships.  And we certainly support their efforts to continue to do that,” said the White House spokesperson.

Among such steps, Psaki recalls, are “efforts to advance rule of law reforms, modernize its defense sector, and expand economic growth.”

Asked if Washington could name a timeframe for Ukraine’s accession to NATO, Psaki said: “I think it’s important for people to understand <…> that this is not a decision that the United States makes, right?  We continue to support and we continue to call for ensuring that NATO’s door remains open to aspirants when they’re ready and able to meet the commitments and obligations of membership and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area.”

As Ukrinform reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, commenting on the outcome of his summit with Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday, said his American counterpart personally supports Ukraine’s accession to NATO, but the parties did not discuss how and when this couldl happen.

As reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is in the U.S. on a working visit.

(c) Ukrinform

8 comments

  • Among such steps, Psaki recalls, are “efforts to advance rule of law reforms, modernize its defense sector, and expand economic growth.”

    Once these have been achieved, the goalposts will move again. Why don’t you stop the BS and just say Ukraine will never become part of NATO because it might upset the terrorist state.

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    • Zel must continue to make nice with these heartless, integrity-free wankers, while he and Kuleba seek out new allies.
      Who hates putlerstan enough to want to help Ukraine? Poland for one, Lithuania for another. (The Estonia president has just gone putler).
      Keep pushing for greater military cooperation with the above and try to build stronger ties with Turkey; a country that putler fears.
      Offer Turkey a role in a future Russia-free Crimea. Possibly an independent Tatar state under the joint administration of Ukraine and Turkey, with both countries sharing naval, air and ground troop facilities.
      A far from ideal solution, but still 100 times better than how things stand at the moment.

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  • That steaming pile of bullshit is what Zel has come away with. That and the insulting sum of $60m, which is hardly enough to buy ammo.

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  • Zelensky could have gotten cheap lip service over the phone. Or, just re-read the rubbish given before. This is just copy and paste crap from the Yellow House.

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  • ‘Among such steps, Psaki recalls, are “efforts to advance rule of law reforms, modernize its defense sector, and expand economic growth.”’

    I fully agree. If corruption was wiped, Ukraine could build a very powerful army on her own and purchase swedish fighter planes aditionally. But not as long as Kolomoisky, Akhmetov and friends have the needed money in their bank accounts!

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