NATO admitted Ukraine’s aspirations to obtain full membership in the Alliance and gave it a NATO aspirant status. Relevant renewals were noted on the NATO official website in the section dedicated to organization’s extension.
“Four partner countries declared their aspirations to NATO membership: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, former Yugoslavian republic Macedonia, and Ukraine,” NATO representatives reported on the website.
NATO aspirant status means that the state officially declared its interest in joining the Alliance and gets an invitation to join the Intensify dialogue with NATO concerning membership and reforms related to it.
Earlier, NATO officially denied Ukraine’s purpose to become a member of the organization, the website said that Ukrainian authorities did not claim their official aspiration to the membership. Besides, tensions between Ukraine and Hungary complicated the procedure of gaining a NATO aspirant status.
According to the EuPravda, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine met with Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO on Friday evening. As a result of negotiations, the Alliance agreed to admit aspirations, declared by Verkhovna Rada on June 8, which lead to NATO membership, one of the strategic aims of the country.
“It is a long way from the declaration of aspirations to the membership. It consists of internal work, but we can make this way successful, if we purposefully introduce changes in compliance with democratic, social, economic, political and, of course, NATO military principles and approaches,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said.