The positions of the United States and Germany “softened somewhat” in the weeks leading up to the summit, diplomats in charge of the alliance said.
At the same time, some countries are skeptical and demand that Ukraine not receive promises too soon, while others that publicly support Ukraine’s NATO membership have doubts, the article says.
The opinions of the diplomats interviewed by the authors of the material differed: someone is sure that NATO will make a decision when the hostilities in Ukraine end, someone believes that this step cannot wait until the end of the conflict.
Earlier, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported that at the NATO summit, Germany intends to insist on postponing Ukraine’s entry into the alliance for fear that this step could lead to a confrontation with Russia.
At the same time, the White House noted that Ukraine has not yet met the necessary requirements to join NATO.
The Global Times wrote that the extension of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s powers for another year indicates a split within the alliance and greater US influence over the allies.