NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained why Ukraine cannot join the alliance yet. He said this in an interview with Axios journalist, which was broadcast by HBO.
"I met recently, just last week President Zelensky and I once again expressed NATO's support to Ukraine, our support to Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty. It has been very clear when I meet him that he wants something more, he wants full membership...It's wrong to say that nothing has happened. They have not become members but first of all, we have strengthened our partnership, we're working much more closely with them. Ukraine is not part of NATO. The meaning is Ukraine is not covered by our collective defense clause, Article 5," Stoltenberg said.
According to him, to become a member of NATO, an applicant country must meet the standards of this organization. The Alliance has done much to help Ukraine achieve this goal, in particular by supporting anti-corruption efforts.
"To be a NATO member, they need to meet NATO standards. We helped them with modernizing, fighting corruption, but 30 allies have to agree and we don't have a consensus agreement in NATO now on inviting Ukraine into becoming a full member," he noted.
The journalist noted that many countries of the alliance are corrupt, undemocratic. He asked Stoltenberg if it was possible that the reason for not wanting to let Ukraine join the alliance lay in the fact that none of its members wanted to fight Russia and its President Vladimir Putin.
However, the Secretary-General of the Alliance noted that Russia and Putin have always opposed NATO enlargement. In particular, there has been much criticism from Moscow of the accession of Northern Macedonia and Montenegro to NATO, but they have recently joined the alliance.
On November 10, Washington hosted a meeting of the Ukraine-US Strategic Partnership Commission. The agenda of the commission meeting, in particular, discussed issues of Ukraine's defense, strengthening energy security, attracting American investments to Ukraine, and jointly combating cyber threats and climate change.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and US State Secretary Antony Blinken have signed the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Charter the same day.