Günther Verheugen, former Vice President of the European Commission and former European Commissioner for Enlargement and Entrepreneurship and Industry, called 2008 a turning point for relations between Russia and the West. About this today, February 12 report “RIA Novosti”, citing the politician’s opinion about the conscious offer to Kyiv of possible membership in NATO.
Then, said Verheugen, the West deliberately crossed the line and began to threaten Russia’s security interests.
EADaily recalls that in 2008 the Bucharest summit took place, at which Ukraine was confirmed to have been granted an Action Plan for joining NATO. In June 2021, the Alliance confirmed this decision, and the Russian Foreign Ministry continued to insist on the official disavowal of this decision.
“I am convinced that in 2008 the proposal for Ukraine to become a NATO member was deliberately and deliberately crossed a line, and that this was unacceptable to Russia because of its security interests,” – the ex-European commissioner is sure.
Günter Verheugen also recalled “mocking” words of the former president of the United States Barack Obamawho named Russia “regional” power. Then the EU began to promote the idea of joining Ukraine without coordination with Moscow.