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NATO Challenges Putin: 'Ukraine Will Join Alliance'. Risk of collapse for the European tourism and hospitality sector and serious damage to the economy

New York 10 luglio 2024

Ukraine's accession to NATO now seems only a matter of time.

In the aftermath of Russia's new horrific attacks on a children's hospital in Kiev, at its 75th summit in Washington, the Atlantic Alliance is raising its voice against Vladimir Putin, strengthening its commitment to Volodymyr Zelensky and guaranteeing him the long-awaited entry into the most powerful and long-lasting defense pact in history.

 

According to what two officials revealed to Politico, in the final declaration of the summit, NATO will use the term "irreversible" to define Kiev's path to membership, this time setting a deadline in black and white. "It's not a question of if but when," Joe Biden declared a few weeks ago and now, under his leadership, the Alliance is about to take a decisive step forward. In the draft, which will be finalized and published in the next 24 hours, it is explicitly stated that, once all the democratic reforms have been implemented, Ukraine will be "in all respects" the 33rd member of NATO. A historic turning point for Zelensky's country and the worst nightmare for Russia, which has already warned that it wants to follow the summit "as carefully as possible". "The Alliance sees Russia as its enemy and adversary and is participating in the conflict in Ukraine, fighting for Ukraine," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

 

The guarantee of membership would be enough to make this Washington summit memorable, but for the Ukrainian president the good news may not end here. According to sources in the American administration, in fact, among the new US military aid that will be announced in the coming days there could be Patriot and F16. "We are doing and will always do everything to ensure that Russian terrorists lose", declared Zelensky upon his arrival in the American capital. The Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg for his part condemned the massive Russian attack on Monday, underlining that in the coming days "decisions will be taken to further strengthen our support for Kiev: Russia must accept a solution in which Ukraine prevails as a sovereign and independent nation".

In addition to the creation of a NATO command in Wiesbaden, Germany, to coordinate aid, training and logistics for Kiev, the other key points that the summit in the United States intends to finalize to protect Ukraine even in the event of a change in the White House are the creation of a fund to ensure a continuous flow of money to Kiev and the transfer of the coordination of the Contact Group to Brussels, to the NATO headquarters. Finally, to assign more powers to General Christopher Cavoli, head of the Supreme Command of the Allied Powers in Europe, a Biden man that the allies intend to keep in his post, strengthened, even in the event of a victory for Donald Trump. With the not so remote risk that the new tenant of the White House is neither inclined to continue providing aid to Ukraine nor to tolerate that the United States spends more on defense, Stoltenberg announced that the allies will sign a commitment to increase their investments. On the other hand, when Biden took office, there were only 9 countries that spent 2% of GDP, today there are over 23. "2% is the minimum, we must do more", warned the secretary general at the Defense Industry Forum, recalling that ten years ago there were only two allies that invested that percentage. "NATO's main objective is peace, the prevention of war through deterrence. This is only possible by investing in defense".


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