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Ukraine may become NATO member, Biden administration keeps door of alliance open, - Department of State

Source : 112 Ukraine

To meet NATO requirements and standards, Ukraine will need to implement the necessary reforms
12:40, 1 May 2021

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker
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The US Department of State believes that Ukraine has the opportunity to become a NATO member, and the administration of President Joe Biden is doing everything to keep the door of the alliance open. This was stated by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker at a briefing, Ukrinform reports. 

"The Biden administration remains to – committed to ensuring that NATO’s door remains open to aspirants when they’re ready and able to meet the commitments and obligations," the State Department official said, commenting on the prospects for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration. 

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According to him, the US is committed to ensuring that a country like Ukraine can work to meet those standards.

"Ukraine does an annual national plan every day – every year – an annual national plan that allows it to work with NATO. And they have enhanced operational partnership status, which also gives opportunities. And a lot of that, of course, involves Ukraine continuing to implement deep, comprehensive reforms," he added.

Meanwhile, the candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, considers it inappropriate to talk now about Ukraine's membership in NATO because of the conflict with Russia. 

"The message to Moscow should be like this: sovereign states themselves decide the issue of their alliances. This also includes the prospect of Ukraine in the EU and NATO. But you cannot take the third step before the first, and, of course, not in a situation where there is a tough conflict with Russia. I think it makes sense to support Ukraine in demining," Baerbock said.

Related: Russia should not meddle with Ukraine's NATO aspirations, - Stoltenberg

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