Moving Forward: Ukraine's NATO Track
- Olha Stefanishyna, Vice-Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ukraine
- James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, NATO
- Bruno Lété, Senior Fellow, Security and Defense, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Please join the Transatlantic Task Force on Ukraine, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Reanimation Package of Reforms on May 6 for a timely conversation on Ukraine’s NATO track, continued security challenges posed by Russia, and ongoing hot conflict in Eastern Ukraine. NATO will hold its next summit in Brussels on June 14, 2021.
Despite progress, Ukraine has struggled to get a clear perspective and greater traction on its European and Euro-Atlantic path, including deeper NATO integration. Ukrainians still signal strong support for Euro-Atlantic integration and advancing and reaching that goal is enshrined in Ukraine's Constitution. As NATO keeps its door open to new members, recognizes Ukraine's valued contributions and commitment to Euro-Atlantic security, and with Russia's military buildup along Ukraine's borders, in Crimea, and Kremlin aggressive activities in Azov and Black Seas, President Zelenskyy recently called for NATO to offer a Membership Action Plan as a formal step to joining NATO. But why is Ukraine’s NATO integration still on a slower track and considered by some as a long-term rather than short-term perspective? What steps need to be made by Kyiv and its transatlantic partners to see visible progress, including needed democratic reforms in Ukraine?
If you have any questions, please contact John Alexander at [email protected].