NATO Summit: The Conundrum of Security Guarantees for Ukraine

While Kyiv pushes for membership, a more likely approach will involve a tailored security guarantee from the US and allies

4 July 2023

Matej Kandrik and Sigita Struberga

The NATO Summit poses an opportunity for the West to show continued support for Ukraine against Russian aggression. While NATO members have clearly led the way with the supply of armaments and munitions, Kyiv continues to look for the ultimate guarantee, membership in the alliance.

Next week is the  NATO Summit in Vilnius, and debates over security guarantees for Ukraine are intensifying.

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At the centre of often rather heated discussions is the issue of Ukraine’s membership in the alliance or different security guarantees of equal value. Aside from the moral arguments and sentiments, which are naturally part of such debates, there are also assumptions, uncertainties, conditions, conflicting interests and caveats intrinsically connected to each option.

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