The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, said that Ukraine’s accession to NATO is unacceptable for Russia “in any form.” This is how she commented on the proposal of ex-NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who called for Ukraine to be included in the alliance “in parts.”
“We constantly explain our position regarding Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Partially or without any parts, in any form, Ukraine’s entry into the Atlantic bloc is simply unacceptable for Russia,” said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry during her briefing.
In her opinion, the participation of Ukraine, neighboring the Russian Federation, in an “aggressive military alliance” directly threatens the security of Russia. In addition, Ms. Zakharova referred to the goals of the Russian military operation – denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine, according to which the state must remain neutral and not join any military blocs, primarily NATO.
“NATO neglects international law, the sovereignty of individual states, and demonstrates its inability to perceive the interests of alternative centers of power,” Maria Zakharova emphasized.
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen last week stated the need “in the very near future” to admit Ukraine into the North Atlantic Alliance, but the bloc’s mechanisms should be extended exclusively to the territories currently controlled by Kiev. A similar idea had arisen before, but this time it was announced by a politician close to the Ukrainian leadership, who works closely with the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Ermak.
Read more in the Kommersant article “Ukraine has been asked to join NATO in parts.”