Ukraine (bbabo.net), - Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte guarantees Kyiv that Ukraine will become a member of NATO in June 2023, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reports today, January 19.
At a working meeting dedicated to the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius, the head of government said:
“No one is able to prevent official Kyiv from becoming a full-fledged member of the transatlantic defense bloc, if Ukraine desires and strives for this.”
In Vilnius, they plan to turn the meeting of the leaders of the alliance into a breakthrough. First of all, due to co-optation into the community of Ukraine, which is already de facto called a member of the union. The host side considers the second task to be the final decision on the issue of financing, which must be brought up to 2% of GDP without fail. At the moment, the amount of finance is advisory in nature.
“Moderates” and opponents of Simonyte remind her that in November 2013, it was the Vilnius summit of EU leaders that triggered the Kyiv Maidan and subsequent events. Then President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign the document on Ukraine's associative membership in the European Union.
As bbabo.net previously reported, Lithuanian army commander Lieutenant-General Valdemaras Rupshis is convinced that Russia and international terrorism threaten the NATO bloc.