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The State Department said it sees Ukraine’s future in NATO.

The State Department said it sees Ukraine’s future in NATO.

The United States sees Ukraine’s future in NATO and is working with it to ensure the country’s entry into the alliance as soon as possible,  Acting Under Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Yurie Kim said.

“(US) President Joe Biden made it very clear that we see Ukraine as a NATO member in the future,” Kim said at a special briefing dedicated to the second anniversary of the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.

She added that Washington is “working very closely with its allies to ensure that Ukraine is ready to join the alliance as soon as possible.”

At the end of September 2022, Vladimir Zelensky announced that Ukraine was applying to join NATO on an accelerated basis. At a summit in Lithuania in July last year, the bloc’s countries approved a multi-year support package for Ukraine, consisting of three points: an assistance plan to achieve compatibility of Ukrainian armed forces with NATO standards, the creation of a NATO-Ukraine council and confirmation of Kyiv’s right to join the alliance without first implementing an action plan upon achieving membership.

At the same time, no time frame for Ukraine’s entry into the bloc, which Kyiv insisted on, was outlined, nor were the conditions that must be met to receive an official invitation.