President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's submission of an application for Ukraine's accelerated accession to NATO came as a surprise to the administration of US President Joe Biden. This is reported by Politico.
"According to two American officials familiar with the internal discussions, Ukraine's announcement that it seeks accelerated accession to NATO came as a surprise to the Biden administration," the report said.
According to the newspaper, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, did not support Ukraine's request for accelerated accession to NATO a few hours after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a corresponding statement.
So, when asked by Politico whether she supports Ukraine joining NATO, Pelosi refused to explicitly endorse the application, but said she supports a "security guarantee" for Ukraine.
"We are very committed to democracy in Ukraine. Let's win this war. But I would be in favor of Ukraine having security guarantees," Pelosi was quoted as saying by the publication.