NATO reaches no consensus on Ukraine's membership, - French Ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

Etienne de Poncins advises Ukraine to focus on the implementation of actions in the framework of the expanded partnership
14:15, 13 July 2021

Sputnik/ Mikhail Markiv

French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins said that there is still no consensus among NATO members regarding the provision of a membership action plan (MAP) to Ukraine. The Ambassador noted it in his interview with TSN.

"The consensus, as I said, is to realize the existing issues, which have already been stated, in particular in the final communiqué of the NATO summit in Brussels. So let's do the homework and not open up a perspective that is not realistic," he claimed.

Related: Ukraine wants to have a clear list of reforms for NATO membership, - Zelensky

Ambassador added that NATO now prefers Ukraine's actions within the expanded partnership that was agreed upon last year. Thus, Ukraine needs to focus on the internal reform process.

The ambassador also said that France is ready to help Ukraine implement the necessary reforms, in particular, in terms of strengthening its military potential.

An intensive dialogue on Ukraine's accession to NATO has been going on since 2005. Recently, President Zelensky said that Ukraine wants a clear list of reforms needed for integration. Representatives of the alliance responded that "it does not work that way" and explained that there are no criteria after which the MAP or membership is granted.

As reported in June, US President Joseph Biden said that the situation in Donbas does not exclude the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO. By the way, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that NATO is keeping Ukraine at a distance. And the Ukrainian side is partly to blame for this.

Related: "It doesn't work that way": NATO responds to Zelensky about list of reforms for joining alliance

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