Ukraine wants to have understanding of clear NATO membership prospect

Ukraine wants to have understanding of clear NATO membership prospect

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Kyiv wants to receive a timeframe for obtaining Membership Action Plan and NATO membership itself.

“We need to have a clear understanding of timeframe for obtaining Membership Action Plan and NATO membership itself. We need to get a clear prospect, and now is the best time to do so. Russia will always try to bargain with the West for Ukraine. Only NATO’s clarity on Ukraine's future membership in the Alliance will make it possible to minimize the Russian threat in practice,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with Ukrinform.

According to him, Kyiv is no longer satisfied with the story that NATO's door remains open to Ukraine.

“The aggravation on the front and the build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine have shown that Russia will menace us with force or continue to use force, as it daily happens on the front, until we become a NATO member,” the Ukrainian diplomat said.

Bodnar stressed that Ukraine should receive some practical guarantees of protection, and not just on paper, like the Budapest Memorandum. Such a guarantee, for example, could be the permanent presence of NATO Navies in the Black Sea region.

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