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Former NATO Secretary General’s proposal to accept Ukraine without territories controlled by Russia

The former Secretary General of NATO emphasized that Ukraine’s membership in this military alliance should not be postponed and demanded the acceptance of this country without the areas under Russian control.

– International News – Tasnim news agency According to “Spiegel” weekly, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of NATO, believes that Ukraine’s membership in NATO is no longer It should not be postponed and has demanded the acceptance of this country without the areas controlled by Russia.

Ukraine wants to be accepted into NATO, and this is an action that is impossible due to the current war of Russia against Ukraine and the control of some areas by Moscow. It seems that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of the NATO military alliance, has now made a strange proposal and announced that NATO can absorb Ukraine without the areas controlled by Russia.

As reported by the Guardian. , Rasmussen believes that this is a sign for Russia that it cannot prevent Ukraine from joining NATO.

Rasmussen has long been a close advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for example, on the eve of the NATO meeting in Vilnius. has worked However, this summer meeting ended without an official invitation from Ukraine. Instead, Ukraine was promised that it would be allowed to join as soon as the conditions were right. The government of Ukraine reacted with disappointment and hoped that in this meeting a specific date would be set for the country’s possible membership in this military alliance. Rasmussen emphasized: “The time has passed to take the next step and invite Ukraine to join NATO.” It has arrived. Next summer, another meeting with NATO members will be held in Washington on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the formation of this alliance. Ukraine’s possible accession is expected to be discussed again at the meeting.

Rasmussen now argues that the issue of Ukraine’s NATO membership should not be postponed until next year. He said: “The time has come to take the next step and invite Ukraine to join NATO.” Rasmussen, who was NATO’s secretary general from 2009 to 2014, continued: “We need a new European security structure in which Ukraine is at the center of NATO.

However, accepting a country at war is considered difficult or impossible in NATO. Article 5 of the NATO treaty stipulates that member states are obliged to actively defend another NATO country if it is attacked. be interpreted Rasmussen responds: “The absolute validity of Article 5 guarantees would prevent Russia from launching attacks on Ukrainian soil within NATO, thus freeing Ukrainian forces to go to the front.” The details of this plan should be presented before the next NATO meeting.

Several countries are currently negotiating bilateral security agreements with Ukraine, as part of the so-called Kyiv Security Pact, and Act as a bridge to full membership in NATO. The pact includes major arms transfers, improved information sharing and support for Ukraine’s defense industry.

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