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Polish Foreign Minister: Ukraine Not Ready for NATO

Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna says NATO membership for Ukraine would just make the security situation in Europe worse

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This article originally appeared at Translated for RI by Kristina Aleshnikova

Discussions on Ukraine’s membership of NATO are irrelevant at the current time as they would further complicate the situation in Europe, the Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna informed the Obozrevatel online news site.

"This topic has not been discussed. If someone was to raise it, this could cause a real international problem which it would be impossible to resolve in Eastern Europe," the diplomat declared.

Rather, Schetyna noted, Poland together with the other EU countries should concentrate on "paving the way for Ukraine into the European family".

Late January, the NATO Secretary General confirmed plans for the establishment of NATO command posts and rapid reaction forces in 6 Eastern European countries. These would be Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Rumania, Poland and Bulgaria. It is also expected that the number of NATO response forces will be increased from the current 13 thousand to 30 thousand.

On December 23rd the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed a law ending Ukraine’s non-aligned status.  This document emphasizes that Kiev’s policy is aimed at obtaining full membership of NATO and integration in the EU.

The bill to change Ukraine’s non-aligned status was put before the Verkhovna Rada in August 2014 by the country’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk. President Petro Poroshenko defined its review status as urgent.

The question of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO first came under active consideration during the presidency of Viktor Yushchenko, who governed the country from 2005 to 2010. His successor Viktor Yanukovich on the contrary advocated preserving Ukraine’s non-aligned status.

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