Ukraine builds a NATO-lite while it waits for the real thing

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Although the non-binding nature of the deals makes them potentially fragile, they do enshrine support for Kyiv, said Ed Arnold, senior research fellow for European security at the London-based Royal United Services Institute. “The deals are all pretty substantial, though, and they are valuable in a sense that they deconflict a lot of the support that is being provided. But Ukraine needs more, they need Article 5 to deter further Russian aggression, and I don’t think any of these agreements are going to do any of that deterrence,” Arnold said.