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Why Nato will have to evolve at America’s pace

By Gideon Rachman

10 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The consensus among NATO’s 31 members will be put to its biggest test since the beginning of the Ukraine war at the organization’s summit in Lithuania this week, argues the FT's Gideon Rachman.

“Holding Nato together is really critical,” says Joe Biden. But the unity of Nato’s 31 members will be put to its biggest test since the beginning of the Ukraine war, at the organisation’s summit in Lithuania this week.

The issue that threatens to divide the alliance is Ukraine’s ambition to join it. One camp, including Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine itself, wants to see the country put on a fast track to Nato membership. Another, led by the US and supported by Germany, wants to slow the process down and to promote other forms of security guarantee for Ukraine.

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