Kyiv on Monday misinterpreted the words of US President Joe Biden about the idea of Ukraine joining NATO. This was reported to the information portal Axios in the National Security Council (NSC) of the White House.
As the portal explained, the White House and the Ukrainian government “initially published contradictory” statements following a telephone conversation between the US and Ukrainian presidents on Monday. According to Kyiv’s version, the head of the Washington administration” stressed <…> the importance of providing the Ukrainian state with an Action Plan for NATO membership.”
The White House denies that Biden expressed support for such a move during a telephone conversation with Vladimir Zelensky. “Ukraine misinterpreted the statement and made an edit,” the NSC told Axios. The Ukrainian government’s statement, corrected on Monday evening, said that “Zelensky noted the importance of providing the Ukrainian state with an Action Plan for membership in the alliance.”
At the same time, as the portal notes, the White House declined to comment on whether Biden supports the idea of offering Ukraine an Action Plan for NATO membership this year.
On the issue of Ukraine’s membership in NATO
In February 2019, the Verkhovna Rada approved amendments to the constitution that enshrine the country’s desire to join NATO with the wording “the irreversibility of the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.” Ensuring full compatibility of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the armies of NATO countries by 2020 is enshrined in the new military doctrine of the country adopted in 2015. Earlier, Ukraine was granted the status of a NATO partner with expanded capabilities. In April 2021, Zelensky said that he expected the West to provide more consistent support for the country’s desire to become part of the alliance. Polish President Andrzej Duda said earlier that this issue will be discussed at the upcoming NATO summit in June. At the same time, Kyiv was not invited to the alliance summit, which will be held on June 14 in Brussels.