Klimkin said that NATO can learn from Ukraine
MOSCOW, 17 Jun — RIA Novosti. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in an interview with the Austrian magazine Profil said that Ukraine might benefit NATO.
“The Western Alliance must prepare for new challenges, and Ukraine is easier than without us,” he said.
“Our NATO partners may have a lot to learn. We are talking about tactics, endurance and readiness. Without them modern weapons will not help”, — said Klimkin.
Ukraine’s accession to the EU, he said, will happen when this will be ready the European Union. The diplomat expressed the view that Brussels could do more to help Kiev.
“The perception of Ukraine in the EU after three years of independence has changed dramatically in a positive direction. The support is there. But is the EU doing in Ukraine? Perhaps not quite,” said Klimkin.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on the consolidation of Ukraine’s membership in NATO as a priority of its foreign policy. Meanwhile, for joining the Alliance, Kyiv has to meet a number of criteria, and the fulfillment of these conditions will require a lot of time, said former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
While NATO does not accept countries that have territorial disputes, while Ukraine claims to the Crimea, which became part of Russia following a referendum in March 2014.