The foreign ministers of NATO member states are set to reiterate the military alliance’s readiness to welcome Ukraine into the bloc in principle, Bloomberg has reported. However, they are also expected to make it clear that Kiev cannot join at present.
A two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers got underway on Tuesday in Bucharest, Romania. Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources, said the military alliance is expected to state that “its door remains open” to Ukraine, but that “now is not the time” for the country’s accession.
At least some NATO member states are seriously concerned that, by accepting Ukraine into the alliance, the bloc could be dragged into a direct military confrontation with Russia due to its collective defense commitments, the report claimed.
With a lack of consensus on the issue, alliance countries have reportedly agreed to prioritize weapons deliveries to Kiev for the time being to ensure that Ukraine prevails on the battlefield.