In co-operation with NATO, Ukraine needs to set realistic goals and terms that would not cause unnecessary frustration and misunderstanding. Surely, it would be the right step for NATO leaders to send a strong signal to Ukraine that the prospect of membership is still valid. But even if we do not get a membership action plan this year, the best response would be not frustration, but the redoubling of our efforts to meet the membership criteria.
Note: This article was originally published by the New Eastern Europe on 22 June 2021. This article is part of a wider project called “All Quiet on the Eastern Flank?” conducted by New Eastern Europe and supported by NATO Public Diplomacy.