BERLIN, June 11. /TASS/. The challenge of Ukraine’s admission to NATO is not at present on the agenda, deputy spokesperson for the German authorities Ulrike Demmer instructed a briefing in Berlin on Friday to remark on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s feedback that Kiev’s doubtlessly becoming a member of the alliance is not “idle speak” which prompts Russia to advance its safety accordingly.
“You know our angle in the direction of Ukraine, its significance, and our efforts in Ukraine, however as we already stated, the problem of becoming a member of NATO is not on the agenda,” she stated.
Putin beforehand sat down for an interview with the Rossiya-1 TV channel when he famous that every one Moscow’s issues have been ignored within the final two phases of NATO’s enlargement to the east. According to him, there are formal restrictions that forestall Ukraine from becoming a member of the alliance however he underlined that there aren’t any ensures on this challenge. At the identical time, Putin disagreed with the declare that Ukrainians themselves search to be admitted into NATO.
Ukraine’s NATO aspirations
The North Atlantic Alliance adopted a political declaration on the 2008 Bucharest summit which states that Ukraine and Georgia would ultimately grow to be NATO members however refused to supply them the Membership Action Plan, step one within the authorized process of admitting a brand new member. In February 2019, the Ukrainian parliament adopted constitutional amendments which enshrine the nation’s aspirations to be a part of the alliance formulated as “irreversibility of the Euro-Atlantic course.”
The new Ukrainian army doctrine handed in 2015 ensured full compatibility of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with NATO armies by 2020. Ukraine was granted a NATO enhanced alternative companion standing earlier.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky stated in April that “the second is now” to invite Ukraine to be a part of NATO and the European Union. He additionally confused that NATO membership is the one method to finish the struggle in Donbass. At the identical time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov underlined that Kiev would solely exacerbate the home Ukrainian battle additional by becoming a member of the alliance as a result of it’s unacceptable to residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.