Politico: Ukraineʼs application to join NATO came as a surprise to the US

Oleksiy Yarmolenko

Ukraineʼs application to join NATO came as a surprise to the administration of US President Joe Biden. The West is worried about the possibility of being drawn into a war with Russia.

Politico writes about this with reference to its own sources.

Correspondents of the publication directly asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, whether she supports Ukraineʼs bid. She didnʼt answer this question, but noted that she supports the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine.

"We are very committed to democracy in Ukraine. Letʼs win this war. But I would be in favor of them having security guarantees," she said.

  • On Friday, President Volodymyr Zelensky, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal signed an application for Ukraineʼs accelerated accession to NATO. The decision was made following the results of the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council after Russian President Putin announced the annexation of Ukrainian territories.
  • Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Presidentʼs Office, said that Ukraine held a series of consultations with NATO and the UN before submitting an application for joining the Alliance.