The NATO summit that ended today has not brought any news to Ukraine. According to the MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC, first deputy Chairman of the Permanent Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Yuliya Lovochkina, statements on victories and achievements at this summit are made for pre-election PR, as today membership in NATO is impossible and not necessary.
“Today, all the talks about Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance is pre-election speculation. The OPPOSITION BLOC considers that the immediate objectives of the country’s foreign policy are a peaceful settlement in the Donbass and reconciliation with all its neighboring countries. In the strategic plan, we consider it is necessary to restore the non-aligned status of Ukraine. This is the only way to restore the unity of the country and its further development,” Yuliya Lovochkina stated.
According to her, this way will allow our country to settle the conflict in the east, take the edge off in society, overcome tensions with its neighbors. Relations with NATO should and will continue to evolve in the formats that have been developed to date. This is a joint commission, trust funds, annual national programs, the “Partnership for Peace” program.
“As for the NATO summit, it has not brought any news to Ukraine. Ukraine has not moved a single step in cooperation with the Alliance. All statements on victories and achievements at the summit and the Ukraine-NATO meeting – just a pre-election PR,” the MP believes.
She recalled that in the final declaration of the Bucharest summit of NATO, the member states agreed in principle on the future of Ukraine’s accession, as well as the right of our country to join the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) in NATO in the future.
“No significant changes have occurred in 10 years. No one invited Ukraine to take part in the MAP. The Alliance was not ready to offer Ukraine the Enhance Opportunity Program. And this once again confirms that we need cooperation with NATO, and not joining it,” the First Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the PACE explained.
Yuliya Lovochkina is convinced that the deepening of cooperation with NATO is possible only through a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbass. After all, The NATO Expansion Study, adopted in 1995 and since then unchanged, says that states that have internal conflicts must resolve these disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the principles of the OSCE before joining the Alliance.
“So the supporters of joining NATO, in theory, should be the irreconcilable fighters for a political settlement of the conflict in the Donbass and the restoration of normal relations with neighboring countries. Otherwise, such conflicts as in recent months with Hungary, will close all international prospects for Ukraine,” the politician said.