Jan Helbak: NATO’s unrealistic ambitions and inner weakness

The media focus on the communiquè of the NATO summit in Vilnius on 11-12 July was mainly on the process of Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Next, the focus turned to the economic and military contributions of the alliance members to NATO. The 2%-of-GDP goal is no longer a norm but an absolute minimum that can be scaled up when necessary.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy did not receive a firm plan to join NATO. Several of the “old” NATO countries would not make firm promises or deadlines. In return, Ukraine was promised continued military assistance to conduct the war against Russia on behalf of NATO countries.



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