Biden says peace in Ukraine doesn't necessarily mean NATO membership

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden

Peace in Ukraine will be achieved when Russia is unable to occupy the country, U.S. President Joe Biden said in an interview with Time magazine on June 4. He specified that NATO membership is not a prerequisite for that.

“Peace looks like making sure Russia never, never, never, never occupies Ukraine,” said Biden.

“That's what peace looks like. And it doesn't mean NATO, [that] they are part of NATO.  It means we have a relationship with them like we do with other countries, where we supply weapons so they can defend themselves in the future.”

The president reiterated he remains opposed to immediately inviting Kyiv to join the Alliance.

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Furthermore, Biden rejected the suggestion that ongoing Western military support for Ukraine puts the United States and the West on a “slippery slope” of sliding into a direct military conflict with Russia.

“No, we're on a slippery slope for war if we don't do something about Ukraine,” he said.

Earlier on June 4, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith stated that during the 75th annual NATO summit, the Alliance plans to offer Ukraine a security package that would serve as a "bridge" to membership.

The NATO summit will be held from July 9-11 in Washington. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in January that he hopes for two outcomes from the summit: the delivery of new air defense systems and concrete steps towards Ukraine's NATO membership.

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