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Media: Germany Wants to Delay Ukraine’s Entry Into NATO

At the NATO summit in Vilnius, Berlin will call on the members of the alliance to focus on security guarantees for Ukraine, writes The Telegraph.

The German government at the NATO summit , which will be held July 11-12 in Vilnius, will insist on postponing Ukraine’s entry into the alliance because of fears that this step could lead to war with Russia. This was reported on Saturday, July 8, by The Telegraph newspaper , citing a source in NATO.

According to the interlocutor of the publication, during the upcoming meeting , Berlin will call on the allies to focus on providing security guarantees to Kiev, and not on proposals to join the North Atlantic Alliance.

“Berlin is reticent about the prospect of offering immediate membership. It needs process and time to develop guarantees to essentially block membership,” the source said. He added that Berlin does not want Russian President Vladimir Putin to “potentially test Article 5” of the NATO Charter on Collective Defense.

Security guarantees for Ukraine

According to The Telegraph, the US, UK and EU countries are developing bilateral security guarantees, which, in their opinion, will help protect Ukraine in the absence of NATO membership . However, some Eastern European leaders, including Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, believe that Ukraine should be presented with a roadmap to membership in the alliance at the Vilnius summit .

Earlier, US President Joe Biden called the issue of Ukraine’s accession to NATO premature. He offered Kyiv security guarantees on the example of Israel, that is, the allocation of material assistance.

Source : DW