We have to be realistic, Ukraine will not join NATO in near future – UK Defence Secretary

Ben Wallace, UK Defense Secretary 

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# 02 June 2023 16:36 (UTC +04:00)

Ben Wallace, UK Defence Secretary, who has expressed a desire to become the next NATO Secretary General, does not see Ukraine joining the Alliance shortly, APA reports citing the Washington Post.

Answering a question about Ukraine's prospects of joining NATO, Wallace pointed to the existing disagreements about Kyiv's path to the Alliance. He noted that NATO, just like the EU, should not repeat the mistakes of the past by making excessive promises to applicants such as Ukraine.

"We have to be realistic and say: 'It’s not going to happen at Vilnius'; It’s not going to happen anytime soon," Wallace said, referring to the NATO leaders' summit scheduled for July.