The doors of the North Atlantic Alliance are open to Ukraine
The doors of the North Atlantic Alliance are open to Ukraine, but all 29 members of the organization will accept the decision to accept their ranks. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the Halifax International Forum on November 17, reports Correspondent.net.
"The NATO doors are open, and the best proof is that, since the end of the Cold War and to date, the number of NATO members has almost doubled, and secondly, this year we also received a new member." Montenegro joined us in the spring, and 29 members of the NATO Alliance are open, and of course, in order to become a member of NATO, it is necessary to meet the Alliance's requirements and reform itself. "Both Georgia and Ukraine are now focusing on reforms, modernization of defense institutions, the fight against corruption and the strengthening of democratic institutions," - said Stoltenberg.
Answering the question of the Alliance's attitude towards the membership of Ukraine and Georgia, he emphasized that NATO, Canada, and other allies are helping both Ukraine and Georgia implement reforms.
"In the end, the decision to accept or not accept new members will be taken by 29 NATO members, no one else has the right to intervene, to veto this process. Each sovereign country has the right to determine its own course, and NATO will decide whether we will expand. or not, "said NATO Secretary General.