Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor to the US president, said that in the opinion of the United States, the process of Ukraine's accession to NATO "should be started at a different time."
The official said this at a briefing on September 30, CNN writes.
This statement by the representative of the White House came after the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said that the country is applying for membership in the Alliance under an accelerated procedure.
"The United States has made it clear for decades that
we support an open door policy for NATO
," Sullivan said.
He also reminded that "any decision on NATO membership is made between the 30 allies and countries seeking to join."
"Now we believe that the best way for us to support Ukraine is practical support on the ground in Ukraine, and that
the accession process should be started at a different time
," said the US president's national security advisor.
We will remind, commenting on Ukraine's intentions regarding NATO, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the doors of the Alliance remain open for any democratic country.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also expressed his support for NATO's open door policy, but said that there is a process for this, which countries must follow.
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