According to the British "Guardian" reported on the 6th, former NATO Secretary General Anchos Fogh Rasmussen said that if NATO members, including the United States, cannot provide practical security guarantees to Kiev at the NATO summit held in Vilnius, some NATO countries may send ground troops to Ukraine.
According to reports, Rasmussen said: "If NATO members, including the United States, do not provide real security guarantees to Kiev at the alliance summit in Vilnius, then a group of NATO countries may want to send troops to Ukraine." ”
"If NATO cannot agree on the future path of Ukraine, it is clear that some countries may act alone," Rasmussen said. We know that Poland is actively engaged in providing all kinds of assistance to Ukraine. In this case, I do not exclude that Poland will participate more actively, perhaps sending ground forces to (Ukraine), and the Baltic states may well follow suit with this behavior. ”
He also added that if Ukraine "gains nothing in Vilnius," the Baltic states and Poland may form a "coalition of willingness" and send troops to help Kiev.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith said, "We are looking at a range of options to support Ukraine in advancing its relationship with NATO." ”
In September 2022, Ukraine submitted an application for rapid NATO membership. Sullivan, the U.S. president's national security adviser, then noted that it was not appropriate to carry out the procedure now.
Earlier, the current Secretary General of NATO, Stoltenberg, said that the security of Ukraine will be at the top of the agenda of the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 7-11, but only full members of the bloc will be fully guaranteed.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said that Ukraine will not be satisfied with any other decision taken at the NATO summit in Vilnius, in addition to inviting Ukraine to join NATO.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin heard Zelensky's request for Ukraine's accession to NATO and the different reactions of all parties to this. Moscow is closely monitoring the situation and reminds that it is Kiev's attitude of seeking to join NATO that is one of the reasons for the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.