Ukraine’s greatest weapon isn’t on the battlefield

A flash of anger over delays to Nato membership gave way to a more conciliatory tone from Volodymyr Zelensky at the summit in Lithuania, writes Chris Stevenson. But don’t expect him to back down on pushing Western allies for more help – his nation’s survival depends on it

Wednesday 12 July 2023 18:46 BST
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky at the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky at the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

In welcoming fresh pledges of more weapons, ammunition and the long-term security commitments made by members of the G7, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared – at least publicly – a happier figure on the second day of Nato’s summit in Lithuania than he did on the first.

On Tuesday, he had angrily denounced the “absurd” delays to his nation being given a timetable for the Nato membership it craves and then was left frustrated when the communique from the alliance said that Kyiv could join “when allies agree and conditions are met” – without laying out what those conditions were.

On Wednesday, Zelensky swallowed that disappointment and said that given the security support offered by the G7 – containing the UK, US, Germany, Japan, France, Canada and Italy – the summit was a “meaningful success”.

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