The United States and Germany still do not want to support Ukraine's rapid accession to NATO. They "insist on a process driven by conditions, not political considerations," Euractiv reports, citing sources.
As early as tomorrow, NATO and Ukraine may sign a list of reforms that Kyiv must carry out for future accession to NATO, "despite disagreements over the process and resistance from the United States and Germany." Ukraine is offered a simplified accession option than is usually applied to candidates.
Secretary General Stoltenberg denies that contradictions in NATO regarding Ukraine's future.
"Allies agree that Ukraine will become a NATO member. We have shortened Ukraine's path to membership from a two-step process to a one-step process, removing the requirement for a Membership Action Plan for Ukraine, we have actually removed one of the steps," he said.
According to Euractiv, the list of demands will include protection of national minorities.
NATO believes that even if the war ends tomorrow and Ukraine fulfills all the conditions listed in the plan, NATO members will still have to give their consent to extend an invitation, which "may be a difficult process."
And with fewer details to be verified, there is also "a risk that reforms will never be enough, making it harder to get the green light for accession."