Ukraine's Government Says It Has Exhausted Tools to Take Steps towards NATO

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna, believes that Ukraine has done what it can to join the Alliance.

She said this in an interview with ICTV on "United News" on Saturday.

According to Stefanishyna, Ukraine considers its application for membership in the Alliance valid, is waiting for NATO to act and does not believe that the ball is now in Ukraine's court.

"The situation has changed dramatically concerning our Euro-Atlantic aspirations... We assume that in 2008 Ukraine had already applied for NATO membership. It was a well-known letter from three and this application has never been withdrawn," she said.

The decision on Ukraine's membership is based on NATO leaders, the Deputy Prime Minister stressed. She called them on to take the next steps in a package on Sweden and Finland.

"We have 99.9% exhausted the tools that allowed us to take steps towards the Alliance. Today, this decision is no longer in Ukraine's court," she added, expressing confidence in the military compatibility of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with NATO.

Olha Stefanishyna emphasized that the refusal to provide Ukraine with a MAP in 2008 was a mistake. In her opinion, the Alliance has already learned a lesson. "For me, the decision to accept Sweden and Finland quickly is a recognition of the political mistakes of 2008. The empty promises led to attacks by Russia (on Georgia and later on Ukraine - EuroPravda)," she said, adding that the rapid accession of Finland and Sweden intends to protect them from attack.

On Saturday, the President of Turkey informed the leaders of Sweden and Finland of his position on their accession to NATO.

You can find out more in the article "Finland and Sweden Move Towards NATO Membership. What Does It Change for Ukraine?" as well as in the explanation "Erdogan Opposes: Why Turkey to Block NATO Enlargement."

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