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Ukraine should become NATO member, believes Lithuanian President

Ukraine should become NATO member, believes Lithuanian President Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda (RBC-Ukraine, Vitaliy Nosach)

Ukraine should become a member of NATO, so the Alliance needs to determine how to ensure its accession, believes Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, as he said at a briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"Ukraine should become a member of NATO. The time for promises is over; we need to consider how to ensure this," he said.

Nauseda added that NATO is a very strong alliance, therefore it should ensure unity and solidarity. He also stated that all attempts to divide NATO have failed.

"NATO is an organization of consensus. I hope that we can reach a compromise on this issue. It is important that decisions are made in the near future to make Ukraine's membership in NATO a practical possibility, not just a theory," added the president.

NATO Summit in Vilnius

Ukraine wants to receive an invitation to join NATO after the end of the war during the summit scheduled for July 11-12. Stoltenberg hopes that the leaders of member states will confirm that Ukraine will join the Alliance.

Today, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that Alliance member states have agreed to cancel the Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Ukraine.

Furthermore, Ukraine wants to receive security guarantees from the Western allies until it becomes a full member of NATO.

Nauseda recently stated that the decisions made at the summit in Vilnius should not disappoint Ukrainians. According to him, Ukraine will receive "not everything, but a lot."