Illustration photo – Negotiations of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on October 13, 2022.
London – The North Atlantic Alliance could offer Ukraine a security deal that would make Kiev more modern military technology available after the end of the war with Russia. This should prompt Kiev to start negotiations on a ceasefire with Russia even at a time when the Russian army would still be on Ukrainian territory. It was written by The Wall Street Journal with reference to the statements of the representatives of Germany, France and Britain.
A security treaty would not carry as much weight as full alliance membership. Thus, Ukraine would not be covered by the obligation of mutual defense between NATO countries, and the North Atlantic Alliance's soldiers would not be permanently stationed in the country. However, greater availability of modern Western weapons could deter Moscow from further attacks on a neighboring country.
According to The Wall Street Journal, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came up with the proposal last week. The proposal would guarantee Ukraine greater access to advanced military technology and weapons after the end of the war with Russia. Germany and France would also agree with this. The states could discuss the proposal at the NATO summit in July. According to the sources, as part of the deal, Britain could provide combat aircraft to Ukraine.
“The NATO summit must present a clear offer to Ukraine and also give (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky a political win that he can present at home as an incentive to negotiate, ” said the British representative.
Greater access to modern weapons could deter Russia from further attacks on Ukraine and at the same time reassure Kiev that Moscow will not use the ceasefire to restore its military capabilities and prepare for the next phase of the war. speeches by US President Joe Biden and other Western leaders emphasizing unity against Russian aggression. According to the newspaper, there is growing uncertainty among Western government officials about whether Ukraine will be able to push Russian troops out of its territory. “We repeat that Russia must not win. But what does this mean? If the war continues at this rate for a long time, Ukrainian losses will become unbearable,” said one French official.
Ukraine has long sought full NATO membership and she has already applied for admission. “A more limited agreement can be a step in the right direction if it is part of a process that will culminate in membership at some point in the future,” Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnyk said. But Ukraine insists that such a step must not rule out Ukraine joining NATO in the future.