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Lithuania to seek invite for Ukraine to join NATO at July summit

Armed Forces of Ukraine soldiers assault an OPFOR controlled mock village during training at Rapid Trident 2021. (Staff Sgt. David Carnahan/U.S. Army)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The Lithuanian parliament on April 6 unanimously approved a resolution proposing an invitation to Ukraine to join NATO at the alliance’s summit in July. Of the parliament’s 141 deputies, 129 participated in the vote and all favored the resolution. “We believe that Ukraine will contribute to our security and make NATO stronger,” Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Zygimantas Pavilionis said. Lithuania will host the two-day NATO summit beginning on July 11. Ukraine applied in September for accelerated accession to the alliance.