Ukraine seeks NATO membership despite pressure from some European countries: Foreign Minister

2022-05-21 0 By

Ukraine is seeking to join NATO despite pressure from some European countries, Foreign Minister Alexander Kuleba said.Mr Kuleba added that the US was not among those putting pressure.”Most Ukrainians want Ukraine to become a member of NATO,” Kuleba said in a recent interview with CBS, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported On Sunday.From Ukraine’s point of view, if Ukraine succeeds in joining NATO and Russia takes a step back, the whole ‘democratic world’ will be safer.”Kuleba also said some NATO countries have sent signals to Ukraine to abandon the idea of joining the alliance.Mr Kuleba added that Ukraine was being signalled by “a few European countries”.Earlier, German Chancellor Scholz on the 19th said that Ukraine into NATO membership is not on the agenda of NATO in the near future.The disagreement between the United States and Russia over NATO expansion is a central factor in the current heat up in Ukraine.At the end of 2021, Russia published a draft security assurance agreement with the United States and NATO.In the draft agreement with NATO, Russia requires NATO to promise to stop its expansion and not admit Ukraine or other countries to join.NATO members are required not to deploy strike systems near Russia’s borders or conduct any military activities in Eastern Europe, Transcasia or Central Asia, including Ukraine, and to return troops and military infrastructure in Europe to the status quo of 1997.On January 26 this year, the United States and NATO sent written replies to the Russian security agreement.However, on February 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a reply to the US on security guarantees.The document said that the US failed to respond constructively to the main content of the draft security guarantee treaty drafted by Russia and ignored Russia’s suggestions.