France has announced its decision to join Britain in supplying long-range SCALP missiles to Ukraine, as part of an effort to bolster Ukraine’s counteroffensive capabilities. French President Emmanuel Macron made this announcement upon his arrival at the NATO summit in Lithuania.
In response to the French decision, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed his expectation that NATO leaders would offer a timeframe for Ukraine’s membership at the summit. Zelenskiy emphasized the importance of receiving a clear commitment from the alliance after the head of NATO had previously conveyed a positive message to Kyiv.
Ukraine has been actively seeking membership in the Western alliance, which is bound together by mutual security guarantees. However, due to divisions among NATO’s 31 member countries, a specific date or straightforward invitation for Ukraine to join is unlikely to be granted at this time.
The NATO summit provides an opportunity for member nations to discuss and address important matters, including the provision of military aid and the ongoing process of Ukraine’s potential membership in the alliance. The outcome of these discussions will shape the future dynamics of Ukraine’s relationship with NATO and its pursuit of enhanced security cooperation.
As developments continue to unfold, it is vital to closely monitor the decisions and commitments made during the NATO summit, as they have significant implications for regional stability and security.