Ukraine had ‘frank conversation’ with NATO in Brussels, FM Kuleba says

5 April, 06:06 AM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:Alexandru Dobre/Pool via REUTERS)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:Alexandru Dobre/Pool via REUTERS)

After communicating its position to NATO members, Ukraine expects the allies to come up with a clear and firm vision of Kyiv’s potential membership, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters after a meeting at NATO HQ in Brussels on April 4.

The minister said the allies should finally reach a clear position regarding Ukraine's membership in NATO.

“I said everything that Ukraine thinks about the arguments of some countries that Ukraine's membership in NATO isn’t relevant, but at the same time, the maximum strengthening of NATO's support for Ukraine is relevant,” Kuleba said.

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“We had a frank conversation on this topic and literally said everything we think. Now the allies must discuss among themselves and finally reach a clear stance, which will be articulated at the (NATO) summit in Vilnius.”

“In short, my message was that Vilnius 2023 is a chance to correct the mistakes of Bucharest  2008,” the minister concluded.

The 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest dashed Ukraine’s hopes of getting a Membership Action Plan that would have paved the way for becoming a full member of the alliance. At the time, Germany opposed inviting Ukraine into NATO, over concerns it could antagonize Moscow.

On April 3-4, a Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting took place in Brussels – for the first time since 2017.

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