MP faction leader, Foreign Minister of Ukraine urge not to vote for major non-NATO ally status appeal to US

Source : 112 Ukraine

Arakhamia said he initially supported the proposal, but changed his mind after the president's visit to the United States.
13:39, 8 September 2021

Leader of the Servant of the People faction Davyd Arakhamia, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba are urging parliamentarians not to vote for an appeal to the United States regarding the status of a major non-NATO ally. Arakhamia said so on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.

“There was some logic in this, and we even joined this initiative. But later, after a special visit to the United States, the opinion changed, there were many consultations on this topic… As of now, we are inclined to say that we will not support this decision, but we will come, of course, we will explain the opinion to our voters, and mainly thing for you, for ordinary citizens it looks very simple,” Arakhamia said.

The MP noted that the status of a major non-NATO ally was initially created for the United States to give the countries that cannot be in NATO a boost, even theoretically, and a signal that they may reach the status of allies.

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“But we have a different situation in the country, we have it written in the Constitution that we are moving towards NATO; we have a road map of how we should get into NATO, we are making many reforms and changes in order to be compatible with NATO. That is, this is not our status, we need something else,” Arakhamia added.

Kuleba, in turn, reminded that last year, Ukraine received the status of a partner with NATO's enhanced capabilities, which gives a real deepening of cooperation with the alliance.

“One week ago, during a visit to Washington, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky successfully enlisted US support to strengthen Ukraine's defense capabilities. We also signed a new security and defense agreement with the United States that is more ambitious than the major non-NATO ally status,” Kuleba states.

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According to Kuleba, Ukraine will be the main ally of the United States in the NATO, not outside it.

“I ask MPs not to take a decision that breaks the strategic logic of the state and allow diplomats to continue to do their job professionally. We will achieve even greater results if certain political forces subordinate their personal domestic political interests to the common task of protecting Ukraine's national interests,” the minister added.

As it was reported earlier, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna opposed the initiative of the MPs to ask the U.S. Congress to grant Ukraine the bilateral status as the major non-NATO ally.

As reported, today the Ukrainian Parliament will address the U.S. Congress during the extraordinary session, asking to grant Ukraine the status of a major non-NATO ally.

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