Germany assured that the issue of Ukraine’s joining NATO is not being considered
“You know our attitude towards Ukraine, its significance and our efforts in Ukraine, but the issue of joining NATO, as we have already said, is not on the agenda.” – said Demmer, commenting on the possibility of an early accession of Ukraine to the alliance and Moscow’s concern about this.
The fact that Kiev will have a long way to go, said the Special Representative of the NATO Secretary General, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs James Appathurai. “There is no shortcut to NATO membership. Each potential member of the alliance must carry out a wide range of reforms not only in the field of security and defense, but also in relation to the rule of law, governance and economic stabilization,” he said during the Kiev Security Forum.
At the same time, Appathurai stressed that NATO’s doors remain open for Ukraine, and their cooperation will only intensify in the near future.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously expressed concerns about Ukraine’s possible entry into the North Atlantic Alliance. In an interview with the Russia-1 TV channel, he recalled that during the previous two stages of NATO’s eastward expansion, all of Moscow’s concerns were ignored. In his opinion, “someone should think” about how the Russian Federation should react to NATO’s expansion to the Russian borders, and about what can be considered a “red line.”