G7 members are expected to ratify a comprehensive security pact with Ukraine at a NATO summit on Wednesday.

But they stopped short of providing a time frame for kyiv to join the security alliance, drawing the ire of President Volodymyr Zelensky.


The security arrangement will include defense equipment, training and intelligence sharing.

And UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he would send a “strong signal” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The security deal with Ukraine comes after its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, raged at NATO’s reluctance to offer Kiev a deadline to join the alliance.

G7 leaders will sign the declaration in Vilnius on Wednesday on the sidelines of the second day of a NATO defense summit.


Speaking ahead of a meeting with President Zelensky on Wednesday, Sunak said kyiv’s allies were stepping up their “formal agreements to protect Ukraine in the long term.”

“We will never see a repeat of what happened in Ukraine and this statement reaffirms our commitment to ensure that it is never again vulnerable to the kind of brutality that Russia has inflicted on it,” he said.

British officials said the UK had played a leading role in the deal involving G7 partners Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. More details are expected on Wednesday.


US President Joe Biden has previously suggested a model for Ukraine similar to his country’s deal with Israel. Under that agreement, Washington pledged to provide $3.8bn (£2.9bn) in military aid per year for a decade.

But unlike NATO membership, this does not include a clause to come to the aid of the target nation during an attack.

The G7 announcement comes after NATO said Ukraine could join the military alliance “when allies agree and conditions are met,” a delay Zelensky called “absurd.”


kyiv accepts that it cannot join NATO while it is at war with Russia, but wants to join as soon as possible after the war ends.

Addressing crowds in the Lithuanian capital on Tuesday, Zelensky said: “NATO will give Ukraine security, Ukraine will strengthen the alliance.”

He also presented a battle flag of the destroyed city of Bakhmut, the site of the longest, and possibly bloodiest, battle in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Zelensky had previously tweeted that “uncertainty is weakness” and said the lack of an agreed timetable meant his country’s eventual membership could become a bargaining chip.

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NATO may not have said when and how Ukraine might join the alliance, but diplomats stressed they had laid out a clear path to membership, with the onerous application process significantly shortened.


They said they had recognized that Ukraine’s military was becoming more “interoperable” and “politically integrated” with NATO forces, and vowed to continue supporting reforms in Ukraine’s democracy and security sector.

The diplomats also highlighted the creation of a new NATO-Ukraine Council, which will meet on Wednesday for the first time, giving Kiev the right to call alliance-wide meetings.

Some member states fear that Ukraine’s near-automatic membership could give Russia an incentive to escalate and prolong the war.


In the past, Western security promises have failed to deter two Russian invasions. NATO allies hope that a third round will be strong and explicit enough to persuade the Kremlin that further aggression would be too costly.


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