2 Jun 2023 13:39

There's no consensus in NATO on what could be offered to Ukraine at Vilnius summit

MOSCOW. June 2 (Interfax) - The work on the wording of the final statement of the NATO summit in Vilnius in relation to Ukraine has not been finished, Yegor Chernev, the head of the permanent delegation of the Verkhovna Rada to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and a member of the Servant of the People party, said.

"As for what is going on behind the scenes in the NATO headquarters, there has been no final wording regarding Ukraine so far. Because there is no coordinated common stance on what must be offered to Ukraine during this summit," Ukrainian media outlets quoted Chernev as saying on a nationwide telethon on Friday.

"The work on the wording is currently underway, it would either be an invitation with some delay or a specific road map of how we should progress," he said.

The new package of assistance to Ukraine will be announced at the NATO summit, he said.

"I believe that the transformation of the NATO[-Ukraine] Commission into a NATO Council will be definitely announced there, and it provides us with more institutional opportunities. Because a commission is a high-level body. While a council already has its departments [...] dealing with integrational processes and technical ones. So that our 31 partner states only get to make a political decision," Chernev said.

The NATO summit will take place in Lithuania' Vilnius on July 11-12.