NATO And Ukraine: How Have We Gotten Here From 1991?

NATO summit in Vilnius focuses on Ukraine's potential membership. Historical reasons explored for its delayed accession.

On December 21, 1991, the Alma-Ata Protocols ended the Soviet Union, while the NACC initiated Ukraine's NATO relationship.

NATO invited NACC members, Ukraine first, to join PfP in '94, fostering closer cooperation without NATO membership.

Alongside these developing relationships with NATO, Ukraine inherited nuclear weapons following the Soviet Union's breakup.

The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States reaffirm non-aggression towards Ukraine's integrity.

The process allowed Ukraine to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and receive security assurances.

NATO recognizes Ukraine's unique importance and has a special relationship, emphasizing the indivisibility of security.

The NATO-Ukraine Action Plan solidified relations, fostering closer cooperation in security interests of mutual concern.