Stoltenberg: NATO’s door remains open to Ukraine, Georgia

08.07.2016 12:43 510

NATO's door remains open to Ukraine and Georgia, and no third country can decide their future.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this during the expert meeting within the framework of the Warsaw NATO Summit, an Ukrinform own correspondent in Poland reports.

"This summit reaffirms that NATO’s door is open, we are on path to increase the number of members [as Montenegro joins the Alliance]... The fundamental principle does not change: every country has the right to determine its own path, its own defensive alliances. This refers to Georgia, Ukraine and all other countries," Stoltenberg said.

He noted that Georgia had already applied for membership, while Ukraine had gone another way.

"Ukraine implements the reforms, focuses on these reforms, and refrains from submitting a bid until modernization and defence sector reform are completed," the NATO Secretary General said.

He added that the Alliance supported Kyiv, provided a political and practical support, and would increase the volume of cooperation.


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