Portugal opposes Ukraine’s accession to NATO

LISBON, (BM) – Ukraine cannot count on joining the North Atlantic Alliance, as there is no unanimous opinion and decision on the country’s accession to NATO. This statement was stated on Tuesday, May 4, by the head of the Portuguese military department Joao Gomes Cravinho during his speech at an online event of the German Marshall Foundation.

According to him, the entry of new members into the Western military bloc must be accompanied by a consensus in the society of the new NATO member state on this issue.

“This is what we expect from all countries that want to join the North Atlantic Alliance. In Ukraine, I believe that the consensus on the country’s membership in NATO needs to be deepened. It is still too early to talk about its membership in the Alliance, the minister said.

In 2019, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved amendments to the Constitution, which reaffirmed the country’s desire to become part of NATO with the wording “the irreversibility of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic course.” Ensuring full compatibility of the Ukrainian army with the armies of NATO countries until 2020 is enshrined in the new military doctrine of the country in 2015. Ukraine received the status of a partner of the Alliance with advanced capabilities.

In April this year, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky said he expected Western countries to support the country’s aspirations to become part of a military bloc. Andrzej Duda, Poland’s president, told a joint news conference with his Ukrainian counterpart on May 3 that Ukraine’s accession was on display for discussion at the NATO summit in June.

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