The head of the Munich security conference, Wolfgang Ischinger said that Ukraine has no chances of joining NATO, while the ongoing armed conflict in the Donbass. With his skeptical assessment disagreed ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The debate between them occurred at the conference of Yalta European Strategy, the correspondent LIGA.net.
“If you ask me about the membership perspective, I would say Ukrainian colleagues to control their expectations,” – said Ischinger.
He listed the criteria that must be met for a country to join the Alliance: unity in the desire of accession, support for membership among the population, this membership will strengthen the Alliance itself.
In his speech, Yatsenyuk said that Ukraine meets all the items of this test. “There is a support membership? Yes! This is shown by recent polls, supporters of membership a huge advantage. Will there be a strengthened Alliance? Yes! The Ukrainian army is the only one in Europe that has proven the ability to counter the aggression of the Russian Federation”, – said Yatsenyuk.
“I don’t see on the horizon any chance that NATO agreed to a membership. No chance, while in Ukraine heard gunfire,” – said Ischinger it.
According to a survey conducted in March 2017, 55.9% of Ukrainians are ready to support Ukraine’s membership in NATO. 44,1% of respondents opposed.
According to a poll of the Public company Kantar, commissioned by the YES, 58% of Europeans support Ukraine’s accession to NATO and 48% in favor of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.