February 25, 2024



Are Russia fears holding up Ukraine’s bid to join NATO?


By Stefan Weichert; Emil Filtenborg

Given that it is at war with Russia, it’s little surprise that Ukraine is so keen to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). For Kyiv, membership of the defensive pact would deter Russia from intensifying the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

And the Ukrainians believe that they are ready: In June, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is “more ready than most countries in the European Union” to join NATO. Indeed, Zelenskyy added that he believed Ukraine is more ready than most European Union states.

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