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Germany preparing to block Ukraine’s NATO membership bid – The Telegraph

Germany preparing to block Ukraine’s NATO membership bid – The Telegraph

Germany is set to insist on delaying Ukraine’s accession to NATO over fears the move could take the Alliance to war with Russia, The Telegraph reports referring to its sources.

At the upcoming annual NATO summit in Vilnius, Berlin would urge other NATO members to focus on security assurances to help Ukraine defend itself without accession, rather than membership proposals, according to The Telegraph’s NATO source.

“Berlin is stand-offish at the prospect of offering immediate membership,” the source said. “It wants a process and time to develop guarantees to essentially block membership. […] Berlin doesn’t want to see Vladimir Putin potentially test Article 5.”

The North Atlantic Treaty’s Article 5 says that any attack on a NATO member “shall be considered an attack against them all.”

The Telegraph notes that US President Joe Biden appears to have similar concerns, as he wanted to avoid a situation where “we’re all in the war, we’re in a war with Russia,” and added that Ukraine was “not ready” for NATO membership, and that it was “going to take a while.”

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