US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — NATO does not yet see Ukraine as a member of the alliance. Kiev should first of all carry out internal reforms, in particular, strengthen the rule of law. This was announced to Izvestia by the NATO press service in response to a question whether the alliance is preparing to grant Ukraine membership in the organization.
“We expect that Ukraine will focus on internal reforms, consolidate its democratic institutions, continue to strengthen the rule of law and develop its defense potential in accordance with NATO standards,” the ministry said.
On April 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that against the backdrop of growing instability in the southeast of the country, the North Atlantic Alliance should accelerate Kiev’s admission to NATO.
However, the members of the North Atlantic Alliance still do not believe that Ukraine’s membership is on the agenda. The official representative of the FRG government Ulrike Demmer said on April 7 that NATO is not going to accept Ukraine into the alliance yet, steps in the corresponding direction are not foreseen.
On April 7, White House press secretary Jen Psaki clarified that the United States is supporting Kiev, but the decision on Ukraine’s entry into NATO is within the competence of the leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “Ukraine’s accession to NATO will only exacerbate the crisis in the southeast of the country, on this issue the opinion of the residents of the [self-proclaimed] DPR and LPR cannot be ignored.”
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