US envoy doesn't expect Ukraine NATO invitation at July summit

Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

© APA | Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

# 13 February 2024 18:00 (UTC +04:00)

The U.S. ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith, said on Tuesday she does not expect the alliance to issue a membership invitation to Ukraine at its summit in Washington this coming July, APA reports citing Reuters.

"As for the summit this summer, I do not expect the alliance to issue an invitation at this juncture," Smith said on a conference call with reporters.

As it fights Russia's invasion, Ukraine has made clear its aim is to become a member of the U.S.-led military alliance.

Kyiv and some of its allies inside NATO, particularly in Eastern Europe, have pushed for a membership invitation even as they accept Ukraine could not join NATO while still at war.

At a summit in Lithuania last year, NATO leaders said Ukraine's future was in the alliance but stopped short of issuing an invitation or setting out a timeline for membership.

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