Heads of states and governments allies of NATO are gearing up to meet in Lithuania. The upcoming NATO Summit in Lithuania has been a contention of high priority for experts and analyzers of international relations. Among varied topics and issues of geopolitics, the ongoing Ukraine Crisis will certainly be a vital aspect of discussions for the NATO leaders. The situation in Ukraine and the Russian military aggression have been the concern of the Western nations, members of this alliance.
There is certainly an aspect on the future of Ukraine’s joining of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is an important contention of discussion for the allied nations. Other major issues are, creating a strong united front in defending Ukraine from Russian invasion and supplying Ukraine with arms to do so. Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, had previously stated that once the situation in Ukraine settles down, Ukraine will join NATO, as soon as possible.
Cluster Bomb A Major NATO Issue
NATO nations US and Canada have shown interest in assisting with ammunition to Ukraine, particularly with cluster bombs. Cluster bombs are explosives that contain smaller bombs, which can cause devastation in a vast region. US President Joe Biden met Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom on July 10 before traveling to Lithuania for the summit.
President Biden discussed the issue of cluster bombs for Ukraine at 10 Downing Street, as the United Kingdom had not criticized the US. While other NATO nations have expressed their concerns about the magnitude of devastation the cluster bombs possess and particularly the threat that this weapon puts on civilians. To which the US has responded that they have received written promises from Kyiv of not using the weapon in civilian areas and in Russia.