German politician proposes to accept Ukraine to NATO in parts

05.07.2023, Berlin.

Ukraine must be admitted to NATO in parts, the chairman of the foreign policy committee of the German parliament Michael Roth (Social Democratic Party of Germany) said in an interview with the weekly newspaper Die Zeit on July 5.

According to him, there is no need to issue ultimatums or threats against Russia. It is just necessary to change the interpretation of the contractual basis for the accession of Ukraine to NATO. He argues that there is no need to demand perfect peace on the territory of the country as one of the conditions.

“It should have been said: those parts of Ukraine under the firm control of the democratic authorities in Kiev should be assigned to NATO territory as soon as possible. The fifth article [on collective defense] would then apply to them,” the politician suggested.

He also stressed that other regions of Ukraine would not be covered by NATO’s article on collective self-defense.

In April 2008, the Alliance held a summit in Bucharest where it adopted a political statement that Ukraine and Georgia would become members of NATO. But these countries did not receive an action plan to prepare for membership, which is the first step to joining the Alliance.

In February 2019, the Ukrainian parliament adopted amendments to the country’s constitution, according to which Ukraine seeks to join NATO. Also, Ukraine has achieved the status of NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency