Kuleba says Ukraine’s membership of EU and NATO would benefit Europe

13 March, 05:55 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/David Dee Delgado)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/David Dee Delgado)

Granting Ukraine membership of the European Union and NATO would be a pragmatic step for the European community and would guarantee long-term peace and stability in Europe, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a press release on March 13.

“Ukraine’s entry into the EU and NATO should not be seen as charity, or a payoff. It’s in the best pragmatic interests of the European community,” said Kuleba.

He said that “half-baked solutions, like keeping Ukraine in the background or in the waiting room, would invariably result in new Russian aggression, which is not in Europe’s best interests.”

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Kuleba also said that Russia would continue its aggression against other European countries if Ukraine loses the war.

“It is wrong to think that insolent Russia would not look for new victims,” Kuleba said.

“Moldova, the countries of the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltic States (would be at risk). Putin was not going to stop at Ukraine. Therefore, it is clear how fundamentally the security of Ukraine is connected with the security of the whole of Europe.”

In February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy predicted that Ukraine would join NATO after the end of the war.

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has also stated that Ukraine is now a de facto member of NATO.

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