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Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak in an interview with lb.ua states that Ukraine is working to become the 17th country with the status of the main US ally outside NATO. He expressed his conviction that Ukraine has a chance to get the status of major US ally and this opportunity is quite great. We talked to the experts to find out how real it this challenge.
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Ukraine certainly has a great potential to become one of the major US non-NATO allies. The geopolitical location of Ukraine is really beneficial: it has the Black Sea basin, and it is situated near Turkey. But, in this case, everything depends on Ukraine and its ability to implement the system reforms... I am speaking of the things that are not made for one year or just declared on the paper, but also done in practice. Trust me, in any negotiation, the success of negotiations depends on the negotiating position. In Ukraine, the negotiating position now is not the most powerful, but we are working on it. I hope we will pass this way.
Ivan Vynnyk - MP, the parliamentary committee on National Security Secretary
On the background of Russian aggression we have seen that our country does not have a single ally, despite the fact that we have formally announced more than 20 strategic partners. Still we do not have a partner that would give a hand if needed. Therefore, the search for an ally is the right decision. In my opinion, these allies could be the US or UK. Because these two countries signed the Budapest Memorandum. Unfortunately, this memorandum has not been fulfilled in a certain way, and these are two countries that have strong economic, political, diplomatic, and military potential. Therefore, it is necessary to enter into such agreements. The sooner this happens, the better it would be for Ukraine.
Anatoliy Hrytsenko, former Minister of Defense of Ukraine
Becoming an ally of the US out of NATO is quite possible, because there are already 16 countries that cooperate with the US in such a way. Ukraine has a chance to acquire such status. If our movement to NATO is slowed down by the fact that we expect the decision of the NATO member countries, it is the process that goes to the positive decision. It is important for us to reley on some support. It will be for us a positive status, it will be easier to take certain decisions on Ukraine, particularly with respect to weapons and military-technical assistance. These are parallel processes with the movement towards NATO membership, it will strengthen the position for NATO membership.
Serhiy Dzherdzh Chairman of the NATO-Ukraine Civic League