Ukraine’s application to join NATO was supported by 20 countries of the alliance, which have signed declarations with Kyiv, the office of Volodymyr Zelensky said. The accession to the alliance requires the consent of all members (NATO has 31 member states).
“As of today, there is already a formalization of support for Ukraine’s membership in the alliance with 20 member states”, Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, wrote in his Facebook.
According to him, Canada was the last to formalize its support.
During his visit to Kyiv on 10 June, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed with Volodymyr Zelensky a declaration in which official Ottawa supported Ukraine’s accession to NATO “as soon as conditions allow”.
Ukraine decided to apply for NATO membership on an expedited basis last September. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Kyiv in April 2023. He held talks with Zelenski and said he expected that in Vilnius at the NATO summit in July, “members of the Alliance will confirm their support for Ukraine, which will be extended as long as necessary”.