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The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

Member countries must use NATO’s upcoming summit in Washington to reaffirm their commitment to admitting Ukraine. Refusing to offer a clear timetable for Ukrainian accession would fuel further aggression by signaling to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his neo-imperial dream is feasible.

BERKELEY/KYIV – At the signing ceremony of the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949, then-US President Harry Truman remarked that if this “simple document” had existed in 1914 and 1939, “it would have prevented the acts of aggression which led to two world wars.” The newly established alliance, he suggested, would ensure peace by deterring potential aggressors.