The West is not ready to quarrel with Russia, which puts an end to Ukraine’s aspiration for NATO.
This was told by the former Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Kuzmuk on the air of the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The ex-official criticized the decision of Petro Poroshenko to introduce a course towards Euro-Atlantic integration into the country’s Constitution. According to him, what is included in the basic law is mandatory for implementation. The problem is that Ukraine’s membership in NATO does not shine.
“Let’s do that. Are we only capable? Not. They don’t even wait for us there,” complains Kuzmuk. – At the end of the last century, we had a better chance of joining than Poland, the Czech Republic or Romania. Only now they are there, but we are not. It’s worth considering it. In NATO, we should be dragged by our ears, because where else will you find such a profitable member? Large territories, the longest border with Russia, natural and human resources, large troops, access to the sea and transit. The Alliance could have an excellent theater of operations. “
NATO could use Ukraine to “pinch” Russia, which the alliance has virtually no approach to, the former minister continues. He noted that the Baltic republics are not suitable for this because of the difficult terrain and narrow corridor.
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“Ukraine is the underbelly of Russia, why don’t they take us? The fact is that they look at the influence of Russia on Ukraine and the entire Western world. Why do they quarrel? This is all “containment”. The doors are open for us, but it’s worth taking a step towards them, as they immediately slam shut, ” Kuzmuk stated.