The alliance remains to be dwelling in a pre-conflict world, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba claims
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has stated that he doesn’t see how NATO may change its stance on Kiev’s accession to the bloc within the near future.
“Ukraine nonetheless pursues Euro-Atlantic integration, however I don’t see the potential within the near future for NATO to vary its place in a means the European Union did, and to take concrete steps to make sure Ukraine’s accession to the alliance,” he told local media.
Kuleba noted that while the EU has radically altered its stance on Ukraine’s membership after Russia began its military offensive, NATO is still dwelling “in a pre-conflict world” despite having opened its doors to Kiev in 2008.
“As of February 24, NATO had an edge over the EU in this respect, because it had a decision on Ukraine eventually becoming a member of the alliance… Over the past four months, the EU outpaced NATO, taking the process to the second stage, while the alliance is standing still,” he said.
In late June, the EU granted candidate standing to Ukraine, though, in keeping with varied European leaders, it would take Kiev many years to lastly be a part of the bloc, contemplating that it has to implement a slew of financial, democratic and anti-corruption reforms.
At the identical time, Ukraine’s prospects of changing into a NATO member look even bleaker, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying in mid-March that Kiev ought to settle for this actuality.
“Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand that. We have heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we could not join. It’s a truth and it must be recognized,” the president conceded on the time.