The submission of the Membership Action Plan (MAP) in NATO to Ukraine will be the step of the further expansion of the Alliance to the Russian borders. It will not conduce the strengthening of the European security. The Speaker of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
'Russia is worried about the forthcoming of the NATO military infrastructure to its borders for many years. Implicitly MAP can become the next step in this direction and it will not conduce the strengthening of the stability and security in European continent', he said to the journalists.
Peskov noted that the issue of the relations between Ukraine and NATO does not influence Russia directly but concerns Russia indirectly.
Ukraine and NATO began the discussion towards the joining to the Membership Action Plan of Alliance. The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reported this at the briefing with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Ukraine forwarded the letter with the request of the joining to the MAP in 2008. Viktor Yanukovych liquidated the Commission on Preparation of Ukraine to join NATO and the National Center on Euroatlantic Integration in 2010.