NATO Summit to Confirm Ukraine's Path to Membership, Says US State Department | Russia-Ukraine War

The US State Department announced on July 9 that NATO will emphasize Ukraine’s future within the alliance during this week’s summit in Washington. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller indicated that while parts of the summit’s communique are still being negotiated, the commitment to Ukraine’s path to membership will be unmistakable.

“There are pieces of the communique that continue to be worked on and negotiated, which is usual for the summit,” Miller said.

In a statement, Miller underscored the significant discussions regarding the wording of Ukraine’s path to NATO membership. He mentioned that Secretary Antony Blinken had spoken directly with President Volodymyr Zelensky about this issue during a visit to Ukraine several months ago. The topic also featured prominently at the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Prague last month and has been a focal point in ongoing discussions between the U.S. and other NATO members, led by Ambassador Julianne Smith.

“I will say I think we have landed in a place, and you’ll all see this when the language comes forward, that makes clear, as we have said, that Ukraine’s future is in NATO and the communique will make that very clear and you’ll all get to see the language and talk about it when it’s publicly released,” Miller concluded.

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