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NATO supports Ukraine's course for the EU and the Alliance

NATO is also confident that in the future Ukraine will obtain membership in the Alliance
18:10, 8 September 2018

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NATO supported the right of Ukraine to freely choose its Euro-Atlantic path without external interference. This was stated by the official representative of the NATO headquarters, Ukrinform reports.

"We are firm in our support for Ukraine's right to decide its own future and foreign policy, freely, without external interference," the Alliance noted, commenting on the proposal by Petro Poroshenko on amendments to the Constitution to secure the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of the state.

NATO also noted that Ukraine has resumed its Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and then, the decision of the Bucharest summit that the state will gain membership in the future, remain unchanged.

We recall, on September 3, President Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill that fixes the Euro-Atlantic foreign policy course of Ukraine in the Constitution. The document provides that the parliament, the president and the government should implement the Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine.

Earlier the US President Donald Trump stated that thanks to him, NATO member states increased the defence spending, but actually it is because of his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin, as Bloomberg reports.

“Countries on NATO’s eastern border do not need Donald Trump to boost defense spending. They decided this long before he came to power. The spending boost was because of a president, but it was Vladimir Putin, not the U.S. President,” Tomas Valasek, the Director of Carnegie Europe, said.

Last month, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, thanked Trump for “clearly having an impact” on defense spending by the allies.

The US President in his turn has often called for increasing the defence spending of NATO member states and stated that his demands added $41 billion to the European and Canadian defence spending.  

Yet, it was stressed that the jump “in acquisitions behind the former Iron Curtain of aircraft, ships and armored vehicles began when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine”.

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