Leader of the French far-right party "National Union", one of the favorites of the presidential race, Marion Le Pen, believes that the alliance in its current form is not able to accept new members. She said this in an interview with a Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.
When asked whether Ukraine has the right to join NATO, Le Pen said that "Turkey must be expelled from the Alliance first."
"I also don't think that in the current state, NATO can accept any new countries," the politician said.
In addition, Le Pen believes that in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the European Union acts as a "firefighter-pyromaniac."
"You can say anything, but Ukraine is under Russia's influence. Trying to disrupt this sphere of influence creates tension, fears and achieves the situation we are witnessing today. And we must all fight together against the real threat looming over Europe: the threat of Islamism," she added.
Earlier, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said the expansion of NATO military infrastructure on the territory of Ukraine might become the red line for Russia.
U.S. President Joe Biden said he is developing comprehensive initiatives to make it difficult for Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine and that he would not accept Moscow's "red lines," as fears mounted that the simmering conflict could erupt into war.