Ukraine is asking the West for binding security guarantees to ensure its long-term survival, but the allies are not yet prepared to give it that.
According to five European diplomats, despite months of talks on the subject, the West is still divided on the issue, writes Politico.
Ukraine is demanding long-term security guarantees, which the allies are not ready for, and offering “more optimistic language on membership” in return.
“And, perplexing officials, what constitutes a ‘security guarantee’ at all,” the article says.
“Sometimes it’s hard to know what we’re talking about,” said a senior Eastern European diplomat.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is rushing allies, demanding specifics as early as the NATO summit in Vilnius in July.
“Thus, Kyiv’s supporters are wrestling with an awkward reality: in fact, many don’t yet want to give Ukraine a concrete deadline for joining NATO. But they also don’t want to leave Ukrainians disappointed or vulnerable to another invasion in the future,” the author writes.
“Increasingly we hear about assurances rather than guarantees,” said a senior Central European diplomat. “It seems to come down to the long-term provision of funds to be able to defend ourselves.”