Joe Biden Sets Expectations on Ukraine's NATO Membership

President Joe Biden expressed his stand on two prominent international matters: Ukraine's potential NATO membership and the evolving dynamics of U.S.-China relations.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Joe Biden Sets Expectations on Ukraine's NATO Membership

In a recent media interaction, President Joe Biden expressed his stand on two prominent international matters: Ukraine's potential NATO membership and the evolving dynamics of U.S.-China relations.

Biden Holds Firm on Ukraine’s NATO Accession

Biden emphasized that Ukraine must satisfy the necessary conditions for NATO membership just like any other candidate nation.

Speaking on Saturday, Biden denied that Ukraine's path to NATO membership would be 'facilitated' "No. Because they’ve got to meet the same standards. So we’re not going to make it easy," said Biden. His comments came ahead of the NATO summit scheduled for July 11-12 in Vilnius.

Biden's statement underscores America's commitment to the Alliance's rigorous standards, with Ukraine having no exemptions. Despite the tensions that Ukraine faces with Russia, Biden’s stance is a clear sign that the NATO alliance's credibility rests upon its members meeting its stringent accession conditions.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had previously stated that Ukraine would not be extended an invitation to the summit. He did, however, emphasize that Ukraine will become a member of NATO "when the time comes." This invitation signifies the first step in the extensive process of becoming a NATO member.

Biden Reflects on U.S.-China Relations

Shifting focus to East Asia, President Biden also touched upon U.S.-China relations during his weekend address. His remarks came on the heels of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's scheduled visit to Beijing.

“I don’t think the leadership knew where it was, and knew what was in it, and knew what was going on,” said Biden. “I think it was more embarrassing than it was intentional”. Biden's comments suggest a hopeful outlook towards the relationship, hinting that any perceived missteps in past interactions may not have been deliberate, but more of a reflection of miscommunication or misunderstanding.

This approach lays the groundwork for potential rapprochement between the two global powers as Blinken heads to Beijing.

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