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U.S. at odds with NATO allies over Ukraine’s membership

By Andrew Restuccia, Vivian Salama and Daniel Michaels

11 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. President Biden and other NATO leaders are at odds over Ukraine's potential membership in the military alliance. The issue remained unresolved as the annual NATO summit began in Lithuania.

VILNIUS, Lithuania—President Biden remained at odds with other NATO leaders over Ukraine’s membership, as the military alliance’s annual summit kicked off just hours after gaining a boost from Sweden’s prospective accession.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials had hoped to reach an agreement on the wording about Ukraine’s potential membership by the time the summit commenced on Tuesday. But as the heads of government and state arrived in the Lithuanian capital, the critical portion of the meeting’s official communiqué—as little as one sentence in a multipage document—remained unresolved, according to diplomats close to the talks.

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