The U.S. ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith, said connected Tuesday she does not expect nan confederation to rumor a rank invitation to Ukraine astatine its acme successful Washington this coming July.
"As for nan acme this summer, I do not expect nan confederation to rumor an invitation astatine this juncture," Smith said successful consequence to a mobility connected a telephone pinch journalists up of a NATO defense ministers' gathering connected Thursday.
As it fights Russia's invasion, Ukraine has made clear its purpose is to go a personnel of nan U.S.-led subject alliance.
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Kyiv and immoderate of its friends wrong NATO, peculiarly successful Eastern Europe, person pushed for a rank invitation moreover arsenic they judge Ukraine could not subordinate NATO while still astatine war.
At a acme successful Lithuania past year, NATO leaders said Ukraine's early was in nan alliance but stopped short of issuing an invitation aliases mounting retired a timeline for membership.
"We've worked very difficult since nan Vilnius acme past twelvemonth to move retired connected a number of steps to proceed to thief our friends successful Ukraine pinch nan basal reforms wrong their ain state to move person to Euro-Atlantic integration," Smith said.
"And we proceed to attraction first and foremost connected supporting them successful nan existent conflict and ensuring that they tin prevail connected nan battlefield."