U.S. Chargé d'Affaires: "Ukraine Can Skip MAP to Join NATO"

Monday, 16 May 2022

According to U.S. Chargé d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien, Ukraine has a chance to become a NATO member without the Membership Action Plan stage - like Finland and Sweden - because it is not a mandatory part of the accession procedure.

She said this in an interview with European Pravda.

"Considering Finland and Sweden, I am not sure their way is a fast track. I mean, it's the minimum qualifications for NATO. Sweden and Finland have been working with NATO very closely for decades. Meanwhile, the Membership Action Plan has never been a requirement to join NATO, therefore Ukraine can skip MAP, too. And I wouldn't call that a fast track. MAP is a mechanism by which you work to meet all the requirements. If you meet all the requirements already, you don't need to go through the MAP," stated  U.S. Chargé d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien.

At the Brussels NATO summit in June 2021, they confirmed the decision of the Bucharest summit in 2008 that Ukraine would become a member of the Alliance in the future through the Membership Action Plan.

Read about the results of the 2021 summit in the article "Georgian plan for Ukraine: why the NATO summit was a victory for Kyiv" and see the video explanation of EuroPravda.

As you know, Finland and Sweden are expected to apply for NATO membership on May 17th.

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