Head of Mission: Ukraine is still not ready for NATO membership (Kiev can not provide for his own safety)

Currently, Ukraine is still not ready to join NATO, said the Head of Mission of Ukraine to the North Atlantic Alliance Yegor Idol. According to him, to be an ally - not only be protected but also be able to ensure the protection of others.

KIEV, December 4 - RIA Novosti. It’s about perspective of Ukraine’s accession to NATO at the moment is not, at the same time Ukraine alone can not ensure their safety, said Friday the head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO Egor Idol.

“Now we are not talking about the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO. We are talking about reforms to the security sector and defense meet the highest international standards, which are undoubtedly the NATO standards. As for the policy of non-alignment, the Ukrainian reality, it does not work anymore : independently ensure its security Ukraine can not, “- said in an interview Bozhok Ukrainian magazine” Focus “.

He also noted that currently Ukraine is still not ready for membership in the Alliance. According to him, they understand it and NATO, and Ukraine. “To be an ally - is not only consume collective security, but also able to protect others. Is Ukraine ready for such responsibility? The answer is absolutely clear and unequivocal: no ‘,” - said Idol.

Verkhovna Rada in December last year has made changes to two laws, abandoning the non-aligned status of the state. Recently approved military doctrine envisages the resumption of the course to NATO: Ukraine must in 2020 to ensure full compatibility of its armed forces with those of NATO member countries. However, experts believe that Ukraine will not qualify for NATO membership in the next 20 years.

Earlier, the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the country will hold a referendum on NATO membership in seven years. Applying for membership in NATO is impossible without a referendum.

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