NATO supports Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations – Secretary General

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: nato.int

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: nato.int 

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The North-Atlantic Alliance supports the aspirations of Ukraine to get a full-fledged NATO membership in NATO, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg told a media briefing in Brussels on Tuesday, 7 November, replying to the question asked by Yevropeiska Pravda.

“Ukraine is a close partner of the Alliance. We support Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine,” Mr.Stoltenberg stressed.

However, the Secretary-General did not answer the question whether Ukraine is included on the list of so-called “aspiring nations,” the nations declaring aspirations to become full-fledged members of NATO.

Reportedly, only three countries were mentioned on this list in official statements of NATO – Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia. In 2017, Ukraine informed the Alliance of the goal to get NATO membership, but the updated list of the aspiring countries still wasn’t pronounced on behalf of the NATO. For now, it is still unclear whether the Stoltenberg’s account puts Ukraine on this list.

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Regarding the further cooperation of the Alliance with Ukraine, the Secretary-General has asserted that reforms are its priority.

“Now we are focused on reforms, leading Ukraine to NATO,” he highlighted.

As previously reported, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Tacan İldem emphasized in September that the Alliance maintains the open-door policy toward Ukraine.

“We should keep the perspective of joining NATO for Ukraine as a European nation, disallowing any other country, including Russia, from vetoing the membership,” he said.


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Translated by: Yuri Zoria
Source: Europeyska Pravda

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  • laker48

    Poroshenko’s wishful thinking isn’t reflected by reality. NATO won’t need anytime soon a country with its security forces and intelligence deeply penetrated by RuSSian spies, sleepers and agents of influence, and corrupt to the core into the bargain. https://www.unian.info/politics/2230514-why-nato-is-not-ready-to-engage-with-ukraine-on-map.html

    • Микола Данчук

      This is very true, indeed, there are present members which NATO should review in kind. Politicians may be more easily tracked but military personnel should be scrutinized with deliberate prejudice.

  • zorbatheturk

    NATO rocks.

    • laker48

      It does and it supports Ukraine, but Ukraine isn’t ready to join it yet and won’t be for several more years. Ukraine is free, however, to form strategic alliances with NATO member states such as the Baltic States, Poland, Romania and Turkey, or even the US for example.