Leaders’ advisors from U.S., Baltic States talk promotion of Ukraine’s membership in NATO

Leaders’ advisors from U.S., Baltic States talk promotion of Ukraine’s membership in NATO

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed with his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on Monday further support for Ukraine, as well as efforts to promote its membership in NATO.

That’s according to the White House press service, Ukrinform reports.

The parties “expressed unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression.  They also discussed preparations for the July 9-11 NATO Summit in Washington, including concrete steps Allies are working toward to bring Ukraine closer to NATO and to ensure that Ukraine has a bridge to eventual membership," reads the meeting readout.

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At the same time, the parties discussed the importance of strengthening the transatlantic defense and industrial base, as well as the approaches to unlocking the value of Russian sovereign assets to benefit Ukraine.

It is separately emphasized that the American side has reaffirmed the “ironclad” U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty and the security of NATO's eastern flank.

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As Ukrinform reported earlier, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine expressed confidence that the participants of the NATO summit in Washington in July would focus on creating mechanisms to bring Ukraine as close to the Alliance as possible based on objective indicators.

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