The military conflict in the east of Ukraine cannot become an obstacle to Ukraine’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, head of the NATO mission in Ukraine Alexander Vinnikov said in an interview with the Ukrainian news website Europeiskaya Pravda on August 30.
According to him, the documents of the Alliance do not contain such obstacles. “There is no such norm in the NATO Washington Treaty,” the official noted.
At the same time, Vinnikov noted that the members of the North Atlantic Alliance must be sure that the accession of a new member will increase the security of the association. Such a decision should be taken collectively, stressed the diplomat.
Ukraine was included into the North Atlantic Cooperation Council back in 1992. In 1994, Ukraine signed a framework agreement with NATO. In 2002, the parties adopted an Individual Partnership Plan with NATO. In 2020, Ukraine was granted partnership status with enhanced capabilities.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency