A key hurdle to Ukraine's membership of NATO was lifted Monday as leaders of the bloc gathered for a crucial summit in Lithuania.
A Western official told AFP that the allies "are set" to drop the Membership Action Plan required for Ukraine's application to join the alliance.
The breakthrough comes amid rare glimmers of disunity over Washington's controversial decision to supply cluster bombs to Kyiv.
Ukraine's foreign minister said the move — which Moscow said would have serious consequences for European security — would shorten Kyiv's path to NATO membership, even though Ukraine must still undertake reforms before joining.
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