Other officials said that would raise questionsabout what would replace that process, including obtaining assurances that Ukraine, which has a history of corruption and is under wartime martial law, does not turn authoritarian.
But NATO is a military alliance first and foremost, and it includes numerous countries with patchy democratic credentials, including Turkey and Hungary.
In brief remarks to reporters at the White House, Mr.
He said there would be new commitments to spend more on defense at the NATO summit, and noted that new equipment and training for Ukrainian forces is making a difference on the battlefield as we speak, insisting Ukraine was making progress with its longawaited counteroffensive.
President Putin must not win this war because that will not only be a tragedy for Ukrainians, but it will also make the world more dangerous, he said. It will send a message to authoritarian leaders all over the world, also in China, that when they use military force, they get what they want.
Biden, in which NATO would agree that Ukraine, battletested with NATO equipment and training, would not need to go through the standard process for aspiring members before it can join, according to a senior U.S.