Ukraine cannot join NATO due to the risk of armed conflict between the alliance and Russia. This was stated by Assistant Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty David van Wiel.
“I cannot now indicate a specific time schedule for Ukraine’s entry into NATO. We want to avoid an escalation of the current conflict into a confrontation between NATO and Russia,” the Japanese publication Asahi reports van Wiel’s words. The Assistant Secretary General noted that Ukraine is also faced with the need to modernize its management system, which is an important task.
At this point, it is important to determine whether Kyiv has reached a certain level of development of its control system in the context of combat operations. Despite this, the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO remains valid, van Wiel concluded.
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen proposed accepting Ukraine into the alliance without including new regions of Russia, so that this would become a “signal” to Moscow. The proposal was discussed with Advisor to the President of Ukraine Andrey Ermak. Kyiv will not be able to join NATO until the armed conflict with Russia is completed, said European Commissioner Thierry Breton. According to him, Ukraine’s entry into the alliance could lead to a direct conflict with the participation of all member countries, in accordance with the fifth article of the North Atlantic Treaty, reports “Reedus”