Doors to NATO remain open but the way to membership is difficult, said on Monday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, holding a speech in Verkhovna Rada on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Ukraine is a sovereign state, and it has the right to choose its own security structure. Last month, NATO congratulated Montenegro on becoming a member of the Alliance. This shows that NATO's doors remain open. The way to gaining membership in NATO is not easy. For those who are trying to embark on this path, such a country must demonstrate commitment to reforms,” Stoltenberg said.
The decision to recruit new members is made by all 29 members of the alliance - and only by them, no one from the outside can interfere or veto it, he reminded.
Secretary General believes that Ukraine needs heros – at war, in parliament and in civil society and such people now have to rebel against corruption in any form.
“This is the time of heroes, and Ukraine needs them more than ever. Not just on the battlefield, but here, in parliament, in government, in business and in civil society. Ukraine needs heroes who would rebel against those who want to eclipse its bright future, and fight corruption, wherever it is and whatever form it takes. Consequently, MPs, Ukraine needs modern, effective armed forces, it needs powerful accountable democratic institutions and strong accountable democratic leaders. Ukraine needs the best of you,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg cited a prominent Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in his speech. He noted he was the first NATO secretary to address to people from the tribune of the Verkhovna Rada.
As it was reported earlier NATO is only player able to contribute to Ukraine’s security, according to an official. It is the first time that the Alliance opened its full-fledged office in partner country, - Ukraine’s Vice Premier for European integration.