NATO Discussing Security Model for Ukraine like Israel's – WSJ

Monday, 22 May 2023

NATO key members have preliminarily supported the idea of providing Ukraine with security guarantees prior to its membership based on the Kyiv Security Compact.

The security agreement, based on a proposal known as the Kyiv Security Compact, is expected to be signed following the NATO summit

According to The Wall Street Journal, the concept related to Ukraine's further NATO membership is based on the Kyiv Security "Compact" from September 2022 by a working group led by the Head of the Office of the President, Andrii Yermak, and former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

An Israeli-style security agreement for Ukraine would give priority to arms transfers and advanced technology, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Discussions on this matter are ongoing, including during President Joe Biden's visit to Warsaw in February.

According to Western officials interviewed by the WSJ, such an agreement for Ukraine could impact the course of the war with Russia, hindering Vladimir Putin's intentions to drag it out with the hope of undermining political support for Ukraine in the US and certain European countries.

An American official, speaking anonymously, confirmed that discussions about the "Israeli model" of security for Ukraine are taking place, but there are no specifics at present.

Senior officials in several European capitals, including Paris and Berlin, said they agreed in principle with the plan, which would involve a series of bilateral assurances within a multilateral framework.

NATO, Ukraine and other officials said they expect the parties to a security-guarantee compact to include the US, UK, Germany, and France.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insists that Ukraine will not agree to any alternative proposals that could replace its NATO membership.

Ukraine will not accept any other decision at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July, except for real steps towards its membership in the Alliance, stated Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

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