NATO adheres to the open door policy and is ready to accept new members. This was stated by the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrinform reports.
"NATO doors are open, and the best proof of this is the fact that since the end of the Cold War and now the number of members has almost doubled, and in the spring of this year, Montenegro joined NATO, expanding its membership from 28 to 29 countries," said Stoltenberg on the issue of the Alliance's position on the possible membership of Ukraine.
"For the membership in NATO, the state must necessarily meet certain standards, Georgia and Ukraine are now focused on reforms: modernization of their defense institutions, fighting corruption, strengthening democracy. NATO and allies are helping with the implementation of these reforms, "the secretary general said.
"In the end, our 29 members will decide whether to invite a new member into the alliance, no one else has the right to intervene or veto this process. Each state has the sovereign right to choose its own way, and the Alliance can decide whether to expand itself or not," " he also stressed.