Monday, September 26

Ukraine, ready not to enter NATO if its security is guaranteed

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmitro Kuleba, assured that his country would be willing to stay out of NATO if the United Nations, including Russiaguarantees a framework of security as wide as the one the Alliance would provide.

“It is something that we are ready to discuss,” said the Ukrainian minister after a meeting on Thursday with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrovduring which no progress was made in the opening of humanitarian corridors or in approving a ceasefire in the invasion launched by Moscow two weeks ago.

Kuleba recalled that an eventual entry into NATO is contemplated in the Constitution of his country but also that he is aware that this will not happen “in the blink of an eye”, and not even in the “near future”.

“It is in our Constitution and it has been a consistent part of our policy to eventually join NATO as a full member, and to enjoy the security guarantees” that NATO provides,” the minister explained.

But he was also willing to discuss the possibility of reaching an agreement on a “system of guarantees similar to that of NATO” that it had the backing of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, and of all its neighboring countries.

Refusal to the no-fly zone

In addition, he assured that it has been proven that NATO is not willing to “act collectively to stop the war and protect civilians in Ukraine from Russian aerial bombardments”, in relation to the refusal to decree a no-fly zone about Ukraine.

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“This raises the question of how to ensure Ukraine’s security between now and eventual NATO entry,” he said.

“The war is happening now. At the moment it is our military that is ensuring our security, and the people of Ukraine are sacrificing themselves to ensure security,” Kuleba said.

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