Ukraine renews push for NATO membership

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BRATISLAVA — Ukraine is upping its campaign to get a firm promise of NATO membership eventually, working to sway wary allies before a key meeting this week.

The foreign ministers of NATO member countries will gather for an informal meeting in Oslo on Wednesday and Thursday, where they are set to debate Kyiv’s request to join the defense alliance. 

And while there is broad understanding that Ukraine cannot join NATO so long as it’s actively battling Russia, Ukrainian officials want NATO leaders to make a concrete political gesture of putting Kyiv on the path to membership during the alliance’s upcoming Vilnius summit in July.