July 08, 2023:
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-- The United States
will be offering Kiev a security arrangement
that the Israeli occupation currently has,
"Israel-style" security guarantees, as the
country cannot join NATO yet, US President Joe
Biden said during an interview with CNN
that aired on Friday.
Biden stated that
the United States is prepared to offer Ukraine
an alternative to NATO membership in the form of
a security arrangement similar to the one
currently in place with "Israel".
Ukraine's potential NATO membership, Biden
expressed his belief that the country was not
ready for it, highlighting the lack of agreement
within NATO about admitting Ukraine amid the war
The concept of
the "Israel model" was initially reported by
The New York Times last month. It refers to
a temporary arrangement aimed at ensuring a
continuous supply of Western weapons to
estimates indicate that in 2022, the United
States and its allies provided Ukraine with over
$100 billion worth of arms, ammunition, and
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"I don't think
it's ready for membership in NATO," Biden said
of Ukraine. "I don't think there is unanimity in
NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into
the NATO family now, at this moment, in the
middle of a war."
NATO means a commitment to defend all of its
territory, so "if the war is going on, then
we're all in a war. We're at war with Russia, if
that were the case," Biden told CNN's
Ukraine has long
been asking to become a member of NATO, though
this is yet to happen, with Biden saying it was
too "premature" to call for a vote on the issue,
saying the process "takes some time" and
"And one of the
things I indicated is, the United States would
be ready to provide, while the process was going
on, and that's gonna take a while, to provide
security a la the security we provide for
Israel: providing the weaponry they need, the
capacity to defend themselves," Biden said,
adding, "If there is an agreement, if there is a
ceasefire, if there is a peace agreement."
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NATO is split on
whether to offer Ukraine a postwar path to
membership at next week's conference in Vilnius.
At the same time, the United States, the United
Kingdom, and the European Union are planning to
supply Kiev with "security commitments" to help
the country defend itself in lieu of alliance
Earlier in May,
The Wall Street Journal reported that
NATO's anticipated July summit in Lithuania will
no progress on Kiev's bid to membership in
the military alliance.
practical, concrete steps on the path to Nato
membership," Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas
told the Financial Times. "I have the
feeling that talking about security guarantees
actually blurs the picture . . . the only
security guarantee that really works and is much
cheaper than anything else is NATO membership."
obligations being debated in Western capitals
are mostly around codifying and committing a
long-term continuance of help already granted to
Ukraine in the areas of weaponry, finance, and
training. According to Kallas, this is
insufficient to discourage Russia from following
through with the military operation.
NATO agreed in
2008 that Ukraine "would become" a member, but
no timetable or path was offered. Allies are
presently negotiating the wording of a summit
declaration on Ukraine's future membership, with
a rift between primarily eastern states seeking
an ambitious vow and a group led by the US and
Germany that is hesitant.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that one
goal of his military operation in Ukraine was to
prevent the former Soviet republic from joining
NATO, arguing that participation would allow the
US to station weaponry in the nation and
support Kiev's accession
month, Ihor Zhovkva, the Deputy Head of the
Office of the Ukrainian President, said on June
11 that 20 NATO member countries have
supported Ukraine's membership in the US-led
military alliance, pending the approval, if any,
of the remaining states.
on social media that Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with Canadian
Justin Trudeau in Kiev, during which the two
sides signed a joint declaration.
declaration clearly registers
Canada's support for Ukraine to become a
member of NATO as soon as conditions permit,"
the Ukrainian official indicated.