EXPERT ANALYSIS: NATO Summit Must Bring Pledges for Ukraine, Warnings For Putin

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg (L) shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the end of a joint press conference in Kyiv, on April 20, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT — This week’s NATO summit in Washington is both a 75th anniversary celebration and a moment of truth for the alliance — in particular when it comes to the twin challenges of resisting Russian aggression and deciding how to bring Ukraine “closer to NATO,” as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken put it last week. Also hanging over the summit, though not on any formal agenda: the future U.S. commitment to Ukraine and to NATO itself, should Donald Trump recapture the White House.


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