Washington and Ottawa reiterate their support for Ukraine's possible NATO membership

Washington and Ottawa reiterate their support for Ukraine's possible membership to NATO

UPDATE DAY

The United States and Canada declared themselves in favor of Ukraine's possible membership of NATO on Friday, without endorsing an accelerated procedure. 

“We strongly support the entry into NATO of countries that want to join and can contribute their capabilities,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, adding that the United States remains committed to the NATO's 'open door' policy.

But, he added, “there is a process for this and countries will continue to follow this process”.

< p>The head of the American diplomacy was questioned during a press conference on the declarations of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calling for an accelerated accession of his country to the Atlantic Alliance after the declaration of annexation by Russia of Ukrainian territories .

At his side, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly was more explicit in recalling that his country had “always supported Ukraine's membership in NATO”.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remained evasive when asked about Ukraine's bid for “fast track” NATO membership.

“Every democracy in Europe has the right to apply for NATO membership and we have said again and again that the door remains open,” he said. But a decision on membership must be approved “unanimously” by all 30 member countries, he said.