Russia warns accelerating Ukraine's NATO membership would be 'very dangerous'
Accelerate Ukraine's NATO accession process from two steps to one, as suggested this week by the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, it's very dangerous", warned the Kremlin today.
"Potentially, that is very dangerous for European security," said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, at his daily press conference.
Peskov added that those who are going to make that decision they must “be aware” of that danger.
In addition, regretted that Europe does not understand the mistake which implies the approach of NATO bases to the Russian borders.
“We have repeatedly witnessed new waves of NATO military infrastructure moving closer to the Russian borders. This was one of the reasons that led us to the current situation.” said the Kremlin spokesman.
Peskov insisted that "It seems that the Europeans do not realize this error."
“It is important to be aware that the Russian military infrastructure it has never moved in the direction of Western Europe,” he said.
The NATO Secretary General stated on Monday that the allies study reducing from two to a single step Ukraine's accession process.
Stoltenberg highlighted in a press conference prior to the Vilnius summit that one of the proposals that the allies are discussing to bring Ukraine closer to the organization is that of abolish the accession action plan (MAP) for kyivso it would go "from a two-step process to a one-step process."
The abolition of the MAP would mean that the Ukrainian government would not have to participate in a multi-year program to demonstrate that it has carried out the necessary military, economic and political reforms to join the military alliance.
For his part, Ukrainian PresidentVolodimir Zelensky, said today on his way to the NATO summit in Vilnius that it is "absurd" that the Alliance is not going to give an invitation date for his country to join and assured that he has "signs" that there will be a declaration without direct reference to admission once the war ends.
"The formula only refers to the invitation, and not to Ukraine's accession," Zelensky said of the content of the statement that the allies would be negotiating. The president described “absurd and unprecedented” that the declaration being discussed does not include a date to invite Ukraine to join the Alliance.
The Ukrainian head of state also complained that the statement that NATO leaders would be preparing refer to “conditions” for Ukraine, not just to be accepted into NATO, but to be invited to join. "It seems that there is no availability either to invite Ukraine to NATO or to make it a member of the Alliance," she stressed.
“This means that a window of opportunity is being left open to negotiate Ukraine's NATO membership in negotiations with Russia. And for Russia this means a reason to continue the terror." added the Ukrainian president in his message, published on his social networks.
Zelensky also complained that the possible formula of the NATO declaration is being negotiated "without Ukraine", and He stated that his country "deserves respect."
"Uncertainty means weakness and I will speak openly about this at this summit." concludes Zelensky's message, which presages a tense appointment in the Lithuanian capital.
(With information from EFE)
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