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G7 to announce long-term Ukraine security package at Nato summit

At the Wednesday Nato meeting, G7 nations are anticipated to adopt a comprehensive security agreement with Ukraine.

However, they did not set a deadline for Kyiv to join the security alliance, which infuriated President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The security relationship will include exchanging intelligence, defense training, and equipment.

Additionally, it would send a "strong signal" to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The security agreement with Ukraine was reached after its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, lashed out at NATO for refusing to give Kyiv a deadline for enlisting.

On the eve of the second day of a Nato defense summit, the G7 leaders will sign the declaration in Vilnius.

Wednesday morning, Mr. Sunak said in remarks prior to a meeting with President Zelensky that Kyiv's allies were intensifying their "formal arrangements to protect Ukraine for the long term."

This declaration reinforces our commitment to making sure Ukraine is never again exposed to the kind of cruelty Russia has inflicted upon it, he said. "We can never see a repeat of what has happened in Ukraine."

According to British officials, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK were all partners in the G7 accord. On Wednesday, more information is anticipated.

Prior to now, US Vice President Joe Biden proposed a model for Ukraine that was comparable to the arrangement his nation has with Israel. In accordance with the agreement, Washington agreed to provide $3.8 billion (£2.9 billion) in military aid every year for ten years.

Contrary to membership in NATO, however, this does not include a commitment to aid the target country in the event of an attack.

The G7 statement comes after NATO indicated Ukraine may join the military alliance "when allies agree and conditions are met" – a wait Mr. Zelensky has branded "absurd".

Despite acknowledging that it cannot join NATO while at war with Russia, Kyiv hopes to do so as soon as the combat is over.

On Tuesday, Mr. Zelensky addressed the audience in the capital of Lithuania, saying: "Nato will give Ukraine security -- Ukraine will make the alliance stronger."

A battle flag from the destroyed city of Bakhmut, which saw the longest and likely bloodiest battle of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, was also delivered by him.

In a previous tweet, Mr. Zelensky stated that "uncertainty is weakness" and warned that the lack of a timetable may make his country's future membership a negotiating chip.

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Nato may not have stated when or how Ukraine may join the alliance, but officials emphasized that the organization had laid out a clear path to membership, drastically shortening the lengthy application procedure.

They acknowledged that Ukraine's army was becoming more "politically integrated" and "interoperable" with Nato forces, and they pledged to continue supporting changes to Ukraine's democracy and security sector.

Diplomats also emphasized the formation of a new Nato-Ukraine Council, which met for the first time on Wednesday and will grant Kiev the authority to call sessions of the whole alliance.

Some member states worry that Ukraine's almost automatic membership may encourage Russia to exacerbate and prolong the conflict.

Two Russian invasions in the past were not stopped by Western security commitments. Allies of NATO are hoping that a third round will be forceful and precise enough to convince the Kremlin that continuing its assault would be too expensive.

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Vilnius, Lithuania is the site of the two-day Nato summit.
The summit on Tuesday also included the announcement of a number of military initiatives for Ukraine.

At a center that will be established in Romania in August, a coalition of 11 nations will begin training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets built in the US, according to officials.

The US authorized its Western partners to provide Ukraine with modern airplanes in May, including the long-desired F-16s, a substantial improvement over the Soviet-era aircraft it is now flying.

Ukraine had pressed its Western partners repeatedly to send jets to support its recently launched counteroffensive, which aims to recapture territory taken by Russia.

The training of Ukrainian pilots to fly and control Western jets, according to experts, would take some time.

The UK has also made plans to send more than 70 combat and logistics vehicles to Ukraine in order to strengthen its counteroffensive operation, in addition to the G7 security agreement.


Daniel Jack

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