NATO leaves the door open to a possible entry of Ukraine into the Alliance, as suggested hours before the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk. ” I do not want to interfere in internal political issues, but let me remind our decision taken in 2008 to the effect that Ukraine will become a member of NATO whenever you want and meets the necessary criteria,” said Friday the secretary general of the Alliance Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The head of the Alliance has also confirmed that Russia has crossed the Ukrainian border “illegally ” in an ” isolated ” action that is part of the “dangerous ” maneuver to destabilize Ukraine that Moscow has been practicing in recent months.
Rasmussen said that NATO respects the non-alignment policy followed so far by Ukraine, but also respect has argued that “fully” any changes you decide to enter Kiev. ” We fully respect if the Ukrainian Parliament decides to change this policy. All nations have the right to decide for themselves, without interference from outside. Expect other nations to respect the same principle,” he stressed implicit reference to Russia. The secretary general of the Alliance, however, has clarified that the ambassadors of the allies have not discussed this issue at the special meeting held on Friday at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
New warning to Russia “We strongly condemn the contempt of Russia to its international obligations and urge this country to end its illegal military actions “, said Rasmussen. “This is a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Russia continues to supply tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and rocket launchers and his army has shot both Ukraine and Russian territory from Ukrainian territory.” The secretary general of the military alliance added that Moscow has “thousands” of soldiers ready for combat in the vicinity of the border between Russia and Ukraine, in an action that, in its view, “challenges ” all diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
“Today we express our solidarity with Ukraine and the Cardiff Summit, we will meet with President Petró Poroshenko to make clear our unwavering support for Ukraine. ” Rasmussen stressed that, in the course of the meeting, some ambassadors have announced specific financial aid for the modernization of the Ukrainian defense systems and has hinted the possible signing of an agreement in this regard over the top.