NATO chief: Ukraine should decide itself whether it wants to join the Alliance
WASHINGTON, 13 APR — RIA Novosti, Dmitry Zlatarev. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine should decide itself whether it wants to join the Alliance.
“It all depends on whether Ukraine wants to apply. If that happens, NATO will have to decide whether it meets the necessary requirements,” he said in a broadcast of CNN.
The NATO chief noted that “Ukraine focuses on the formation of the defence sector, which would meet NATO standards”.
Also Stoltenberg responded affirmatively to the question about support for a possible expansion of the Alliance “through the adoption of a country”. As an example, he cited Montenegro.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014, amended the two laws, abandoning non-aligned status of the state. The new military doctrine of the country stipulates the renewal rate in NATO: Ukraine by 2020 to ensure full compatibility of its armed forces with those of NATO countries. In mid-December 2015 during the visit of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Brussels signed the “road map” between Ukraine and NATO on military-technical cooperation.