Ukraine has a chance to become a NATO member without the Membership Action Plan (MAP) like Finland and Sweden, as this is not a mandatory part of the accession process. This was stated by Kristina Kvien, Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine in an interview for European Pravda media.
"As for the possibility of Finland joining without a MAP, the Membership Action Plan has never been a legal requirement for joining NATO. That means Ukraine can also join the Alliance without the MAP. I would not call it an abridged procedure," Kvien said.
Kvien explained that the MAP is a mechanism for a Member State to meet the requirements for interoperability, but if a State already meets all the requirements, then the Membership Action Plan becomes unnecessary.
"Therefore, neither Ukraine nor any other country should receive and implement the Membership Action Plan if it generally meets most of the requirements," Kristina Kvien said.
Note that the NATO Summit in Brussels in June 2021 confirmed the decision of the Bucharest Summit in 2008 that Ukraine would become a member of the Alliance through the Membership Action Plan.
Context. Finland and Sweden officially decided on May 15 to apply for NATO membership.