NATO Chief Tells Ukraine It Must Defeat Russia To Join The Alliance

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The Road to NATO Membership: Ukraine’s Tall Order

In a strikingly candid declaration, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has informed Ukraine that its golden ticket to the NATO club comes with a rather Herculean prerequisite: triumph over Russia. Yes, you heard that right. To earn a seat at the NATO table, Ukraine must first clinch victory in its ongoing war with Russia. No pressure, Ukraine!

As the NATO bigwigs gear up for their annual pow-wow in Washington from July 9-11, Stoltenberg decided to sprinkle some motivational pep talk into the mix. He assured reporters that, “Important announcements will be made between now and the summit, and more military equipment is on the way.” Because, naturally, what’s a little more firepower when you’re already knee-deep in a war zone?

NATO’s Stern Prerequisite: Winning Is Mandatory

Stoltenberg didn’t mince words, emphasizing, “Without Ukraine prevailing as a sovereign independent nation, there’s no membership discussion to be had.” Translation: Win first, then we’ll talk about letting you in. It’s a bit like telling someone to swim across the Atlantic before granting them a swimming lesson.

Despite formal applications and repeated pleas from Kiev for a fast-tracked NATO membership since September 2022, the alliance remains noncommittal. No timetable, no roadmap—just a vague sense of “you first.” The message is clear: Resolve your spat with Russia, and then maybe, just maybe, we’ll consider your membership.

The Waiting Game Continues: Ukraine’s NATO Aspirations

Undeterred by the lukewarm reception, Ukrainian officials continue to knock on NATO’s door. Olga Stefanishina, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister responsible for Euro-Atlantic integration, made it clear that they’re not just looking for membership but a whole package deal. “We expect specific decisions regarding Ukraine’s NATO membership, along with guarantees of continued military aid and increased interoperability,” she told Politico. In other words, give us the keys to the kingdom, and make sure the moat is filled with alligators.

But hold your horses, Ukraine. The White House has already thrown a damp towel on those high hopes, with US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien stating, “We do not anticipate an invitation for Ukraine to join NATO at the upcoming summit. However, there will be a substantial show of support.” So, cheer up, Ukraine! You might not get membership, but you’ll definitely get a hearty round of applause and maybe a shiny participation trophy.

Bilateral Pacts: Ukraine’s Halfway House

Since 2023, Ukraine has managed to secure several bilateral security pacts with NATO members like the UK, France, and Germany. These pacts are nice and all, but they lack the muscle of NATO’s Article 5, which declares that an attack on one member is an attack on all. It’s akin to having a fancy security system without the actual police response—nice to have, but not quite the same.

So, in the grand scheme of things, Ukraine finds itself in a bit of a Catch-22. To join NATO, it must first win a war. Yet, to win the war, it needs the kind of support that NATO membership would typically guarantee. It’s a classic case of needing the chicken to get the egg and vice versa.

In the meantime, Ukraine soldiers on, quite literally, hoping that one day, the powers that be will open the gates and welcome them into the NATO fold. Until then, it’s a game of survival, strategy, and no small amount of sheer determination. Good luck, Ukraine—you’re going to need it.

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