Biden Says Ukraine Joining NATO Amid War Would Be 'Premature'
Summary from AllSides News Team
Ahead of this week's NATO summit in Lithuania, President Joe Biden offered comments on Ukraine's push to join NATO as its war with Russia continues.
What Biden Said: When asked in a CNN (Lean Left bias) interview if Ukraine should be given NATO membership, Biden said, "I don't think it's ready for membership in NATO." He added, "I don't think there is unanimity in NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into the NATO family now, at this moment, in the middle of a war. For example, if you did that, then, you know, and I mean what I say, we're determined to commit every inch of territory that is NATO territory as a commitment that we've all made no matter what. If the war is going on, then we're all in a war... So I think we have to lay out a path for the rational path for Russia, for -- excuse me, for Ukraine, to be able to qualify to get into NATO."
For Context: Biden recently approved shipments of cluster munitions to Ukraine, weapons that are banned by many other nations. Those shipments and Ukraine's NATO pleas will be a focus at the July 11-12 summit.
How the Media Covered It: Many sources across the spectrum framed Biden's remarks as a denial of Ukraine's request. Some, such as Newsweek, focused instead on Biden's "rational path" remark. Townhall (Right) said Biden "vowed to continue sending massive military aid to Ukraine despite denying" its NATO push.
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From the RightBiden Says Ukraine's War With Russia Must End Before the Country Can Join NATO
President Joe Biden vowed to continue sending massive military aid to Ukraine despite denying requests for the country to join NATO.
On Sunday, Biden sat down with CNN, saying there has not yet been an agreement within NATO on when Ukraine will be allowed to join the military alliance.
"I think we have to lay out a rational path for Ukraine to be able to qualify to be able to get into NATO," Biden said, claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin's primary goal regarding his invasion of Ukraine was to destroy...
From the LeftBiden Says Ukraine Is Not Ready for NATO Membership
President Biden said in an interview that aired on Sunday that Ukraine was not ready for membership in NATO and that it was “premature” to begin the process to allow Ukraine to join the alliance in the middle of a war.
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Mr. Biden said that he did not “think there is unanimity in NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into the NATO family now,” and that the process could take place only after a peace agreement with Russia was in place....
From the CenterBiden Urges 'Rational Path' for Ukraine NATO Membership
President Joe Biden on Sunday urged a "rational path" for Ukraine's ascension into The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), explaining why he believes the Eastern European country is not yet ready to join the military alliance during an interview with CNN.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine last February, Kyiv has pushed for expedited membership into NATO, a military alliance between the United States, Canada and 29 European countries. Ukraine's potential NATO membership was a major point of contention with Moscow prior to the invasion and...