NATO Not Obliged to Protect Ukraine, Not Going to Discuss Membership at Upcoming Summit

MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – NATO allies do not intend to discuss the status of their relations with Ukraine or take the responsibility for the country’s protection, but will announce consulting and financial aid to Ukrainian military, a high-ranking NATO official told journalists.

“In Wales, there will be an announcement on the form of military consultations and financial support for Ukrainian military forces on behalf of the alliance. There will be no obligations to protect Ukraine,” the diplomat said, adding that since Ukraine was not a member of the 28-party alliance, NATO had “no obligations to react to the violation of its [Ukraine’s] sovereignty.”

Such relations satisfy all parties, and no change to the relations between NATO and Ukraine are on the agenda, he said.

“NATO membership comes from a country. NATO does not address Sweden, Finland or Ukraine and say, ‘What do you think?’ It always comes from a country. The Ukrainians said it was not on their agenda. We are not looking for new members, new members are looking for us,” the diplomat said.

Full article: NATO Not Obliged to Protect Ukraine, Not Going to Discuss Membership at Upcoming Summit (RIA Novosti)

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