The Foreign Ministry of Russia stated that Ukraine’s accession to NATO membership would lead to a large-scale in Donbas. It also might become a threat to the Ukrainian nationhood, as RIA News reported citing the ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
Russia drew attention to the statement of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky that accession to NATO might stop conflict in Donbas.
“The hypothetic getting of membership in the alliance despite the expectations of Kyiv will not bring peace in Ukraine but, on the contrary, it will lead to the large-scale escalation of the situation in the south-east and might lead to irreversible consequences for Ukrainian nationhood,” Zakharova said.
On April 6, President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. During the conversation, the parties discussed the aggravation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine. He informed Stoltenberg about the transfer of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border.
Moreover, Zelenskiy urged NATO member states to pay more attention to security issues in the Black Sea and to strengthen their military presence in the Black Sea region.
As we reported, considering the movement of Russian troops not far from the border with Ukraine and the breaches of agreements on the ceasefire in Donbas, which became more frequent lately, NATO warned Moscow to abstain from any further escalation of the situation.