NATO will be able to fulfill the promise of Ukraine’s membership in the Alliance, if the state in the next three to four years, will demonstrate itself more convincing, having done a lot of work to prepare. This was stated by the former Deputy Secretary General of NATO and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and now honorary fellow of the Atlantic Council, Alexander Vershbow, who is known as a supporter of supplying Ukraine defensive weapons and membership in NATO, interview for Radio Liberty.

“I continue to completely support desire of Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO. Ukraine is not yet an official candidate, I think she realizes that for the next three or four years it a lot to do to prepare yourself and present yourself more convincingly,” said he.

He noted that Georgia is further away from membership in NATO and both countries are “in a complex geopolitical areas, therefore, to convince all the allies will not be easy.”

“But I would definitely recommend Georgia not to give up Ukraine not to abandon their greatest ambitions. And sooner or later – I hope sooner – the conditions will change, and the NATO Alliance will do what he promised in 2008,” – said Vershbow.

In addition, the diplomat said that can take a democratic country to effectively counter the Russian propaganda and disinformation.

“I think that is very important, primarily to inform our citizens about these threats that they are treated more carefully and with skepticism to the information they receive so that they could not so easily manipulate,” he said.

According to him, “if you change the balance to their advantage, and the Russians will spend a lot of money, but you will not get what they want then maybe they will stop”.

However, Vershbow sure that the aggressor will not stop from what the Russians are good, but only if they see that their plan is not working.

“It is always better to fight propaganda with truth, facts, more positive information about our societies, about why our societies are winning, just giving the real facts”, – he concluded.




Vershbow: for 4 years, Ukraine has to prepare for NATO membership 08.10.2017

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