According to Reznikov, Ukraine will already be part of the NATO strategy, since it also represents “part of the eastern flank of Europe”
NATO at the summit in June should consider granting Ukraine “de facto”, not “de jure” membership in the alliance, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said, according to Reuters.
At this summit, NATO plans to adopt a new strategy.
“I think that if we are talking about Ukraine's membership in NATO de facto, and not de jure, this might be a good idea for this strategy,” — Reznikov said at the GLOBSEC 2022 forum in Bratislava.
According to him, Ukraine will already be part of this strategy, since it “has part of the eastern flank of Europe, the eastern flank of the NATO countries, the eastern flank of the EU.” “I believe it will be a win-win for all countries,” — said the minister.
The possibility of Ukraine joining NATO has been discussed for at least the last decades. In April 2021, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called NATO membership the only way to end the conflict in Donbass, and in June Zelensky called on NATO to immediately resolve the issue of the country's membership in the alliance.
The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that the possible entry of Ukraine into the alliance threatens the security of Russia, and NATO itself was accused of “pumping” Ukraine with weapons and “invasion” on the territory of the country “with its own infrastructure”. After negotiations with the United States and NATO on security guarantees that did not produce a visible result, Russia on February 24 launched a special operation in Ukraine. Its goals were declared by President Vladimir Putin to be the “demilitarization” of and “denazification” neighboring state and protecting the inhabitants of Donbass from “genocide”.
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After the start of the special operation, the Ukrainian authorities repeatedly called on NATO to accept Ukraine into the alliance. However, in early March, Zelensky said that Kyiv “has cooled” to this question. “We realized that NATO is not ready to accept Ukraine— the alliance fears contradictions and confrontation with Russia. We will never beg for something on our knees, we will not be such a country, and I will not become such a president, — he said then.
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