A source revealed that Berlin does not want the Russian leadership to “potentially test Article 5” of the Atlantic Alliance pact.
Germany will advocate delaying Ukraine’s accession to NATO at the next summit of the military bloc, to be held on July 11 and 12 in Vilnius (Lithuania), for fear that immediate membership could provoke a war with Russia, reported This Saturday The Telegraph citing people familiar with the matter.
One source noted that Germany “is reticent at the prospect of offering immediate membership” and “wants a process and time to develop guarantees to essentially block entry“.
According to the whistleblower, Berlin does not want the Russian leadership to “potentially test Article 5” of NATO’s Collective Defense Charter, which states that any member state attacked from abroad has the right to request military intervention by the other allies. .
Thus, the US, the UK and several EU countries are developing bilateral security guarantees to protect Kiev in case it does not join NATO. Sources indicate that it is the “next best offer” to kyiv, taking the issue of accession and protection on the basis of Article 5 off the table for now.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said Thursday that an invitation for his country to join the Atlantic Alliance would be the ideal outcome of the Vilnius summit.
Meanwhile, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, said this Friday that Ukraine still must undertake a series of steps to be able to qualify for NATO membership, but Washington will be willing to provide guarantees of israeli type security“providing weapons and capabilities so that it can defend itself.”