Published: 17:26, May 27, 2023 | Updated: 17:26, May 27, 2023
Ukraine seeks to fix perspective of NATO membership
By Xinhua

Staff members work at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

KYIV – Ukraine is seeking to fix its perspective of joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at the alliance's upcoming summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, the presidential press service said on Friday.

"Our expectations from the summit in Vilnius boil down to two key priorities: fixing in one form or another the absence of alternatives to the fact that we are on the path to NATO membership, and before joining the alliance, obtaining security guarantees," Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president's office, was quoted as saying by the presidential press service.

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Currently, Ukraine is holding talks with partner countries over the form of security guarantees, which will be in place before the country joins NATO, Yermak said.

The Ukrainian government is aware that the country could become a member of the alliance only when "the security situation allows," the official emphasized.

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The Vilnius NATO summit is slated for July 11-12. NATO recognized Ukraine as its Enhanced Opportunities Partner in 2020.