Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna opposed the initiative of Ukrainian MPs to ask the U.S. Congress to grant Ukraine the status of the major non-NATO ally (MNNA). She wrote this on her Facebook page.
“From the point of view of the country's image, such an initiative, a few days after the meeting of the two leaders, looks like a conscious and short-sighted political sabotage,” Stefanishyna explained.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, during their meeting, Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky have already defined the format of cooperation on not only national but also regional security in the Black Sea region, which includes support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations; cooperation within the framework of the bilateral Agreement on Strategic Foundations of Defense Cooperation; and cooperation in the framework of the Partnership with Enhanced Opportunities within the NATO.
She noted that the initiative of Ukrainian MPs was not spoken at the level of heads of state and does not bring Ukraine one step closer to the constitutional course of Euro-Atlantic integration and NATO membership, and has no added value, as Ukraine already has much more opportunities than this status could give.
“The status of a major non-NATO ally does not provide any security. Afghanistan is also a “non-NATO ally”. Ukraine's security is guaranteed by the security and defense sector that is reformed in accordance with NATO standards and principles, and by strengthening cooperation with NATO at all levels. Obtaining the status really does not prevent the acquisition of NATO membership, but its practical added value is very questionable, and the risks are quite real,” Stefanishyna added.
As it was reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada will address the U.S. Congress on an extraordinary session about granting Ukraine the status of a major non-NATO ally.