The president of United States, Joe Bidenis in favor of simplifying the process of Ukraine’s accession to NATO with the aim of accelerating its entry once the war with Russia ends, a senior US official told EFE.
According to that source, Biden wants the so-called removed accession action plan (MAP) for Ukraine, which would mean that the Ukrainian government would not have to participate in a multi-year program to demonstrate that it has carried out the military, economic and political reforms needed to join the military alliance.
MAP, established in 1999, has helped several former Soviet republics join NATO, and Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently participating in that program. However, Sweden and Finland they did not have to participate in it to apply for membership in the transatlantic organization.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenbergannounced on Monday that the allied leaders meeting in Vilnius this Tuesday and Wednesday for their annual summit were already studying the possibility of eliminating the MAP for Ukraine.
Biden’s endorsement of that possibility makes it more likely that he will succeed due to the great weight that the United States has within the alliance.