September 24, 2023

(NewsNation) — President Joe Biden flew to London on Sunday the place he’ll talk about the atmosphere with King Charles III and meet with U.Okay. Prime Minister Rushi Sunak relating to the conflict in Ukraine.

The dialog with Sunak is a precursor for extra intense talks later this week, when NATO leaders convene in Lithuania for his or her annual summit.

Firstly on the NATO agenda: strengthening the alliance within the face of the Russian invasion and deciding whether or not to approve Sweden’s bid to affix the pact.

The Biden administration is backing Sweden’s membership however Turkey and Hungary have pushed again.

In terms of Ukraine becoming a member of the alliance, Biden says that’s a a lot more durable capsule to swallow.

The president stated he doesn’t assume Ukraine is prepared for membership in NATO throughout a CNN interview that aired Sunday.

“I don’t assume there’s unanimity in NATO about whether or not or to not carry Ukraine into the NATO household now,” Biden stated.

If Ukraine had been to affix, it might imply the entire NATO alliance, per its personal guidelines, can be obligated to affix the conflict in opposition to Russia.

“I believe it’s untimely to say — to name for a vote … there’s different {qualifications} that should be met, together with democratization and a few of these points,” the president instructed CNN.

Within the meantime, Biden has continued to supply army help within the type of monetary help and weapons to the nation. However a few of these weapons have additionally drawn criticism.

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The Biden administration just lately agreed to ship cluster bombs to Ukraine, regardless of the very fact greater than 100 nations have banned them for his or her capacity to assault indiscriminately.

The choice was welcomed by some American lawmakers however criticized by others.

“I’ve some actual qualms about it, there’s a global prohibition,” stated Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). “The U.S. says ‘however right here’s motive to do one thing totally different,’ it might give a inexperienced gentle to different nations to do one thing totally different as nicely.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly pushed to affix NATO and has stated it might ship a message the alliance isn’t afraid of Russia.