Germany’s Scholz: Ukraine’s security assurances must be distinct from its membership in NATO

by Francis Ogoti
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Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, said on Thursday that Ukraine and its allies were still “very far away” from being able to preserve peace in the nation. However, he said that any future Western security assurances to Ukraine needed to be distinct from the position of European NATO members.

It is not about building a membership given the current circumstances. At a press conference during the second summit of the European Political Community (EPC) in Moldova, Scholz said, “We all need to concentrate on how we as people can support Ukraine.

When asked about potential security commitments to the nation, Scholz responded, “They must be designed in such a way that they give Ukraine the security it needs against the risk of attack, that they also stabilise Ukraine at the same time,…, and of course it is always part of the security commitment that it is taken seriously.”

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine, made a strong argument for Ukraine joining NATO earlier on Thursday. He urged NATO members to make a choice on whether to admit Ukraine with clarity.

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