Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a last-ditch effort to secure an invitation for Ukraine to join NATO but failed to do so. The frustrated Ukrainian president had accused Joe Biden and other leaders present at a summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, of showing disrespect and complained that there was “no readiness” to invite his country to join.
Ukraine has expressed its desire to join NATO for many years, and it has received support from some member countries. NATO has recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner and has been providing assistance to Ukraine in various areas, including defense and security sector reforms.
The process of joining NATO involves fulfilling certain criteria and meeting specific standards set by the alliance. These criteria encompass political, economic, and military aspects. NATO has consistently emphasized the importance of democratic reforms and security sector reforms in Ukraine as prerequisites for membership.