NATO leaders reaffirm commitment to Ukraine's future membership in the alliance.
Why it matters
The reaffirmation of Ukraine's future membership in NATO is significant as it demonstrates continued support for Ukraine and sends a message to Russia. However, the lack of a clear timeline and conditions for joining may disappoint Ukraine and raise questions about the alliance's commitment.
What the papers say
The New York Times describes the summit as a significant shift in NATO's position, while Politico highlights the disappointment in Kyiv over the lack of a clear declaration. The Guardian reports on Boris Johnson's criticism of NATO's indecisiveness, and Al Jazeera notes that the alliance remains vague about Ukraine's path to membership.
How we got here
The NATO summit in Lithuania focused on Ukraine's future membership in the alliance. There were discussions about the conditions and timeline for Ukraine to join, but no concrete decisions were made.
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