Membership in the North Atlantic Alliance is hindered by the situation around the Crimea, and the conflict in the Donbas, Anka Feldhusen said.
The conflict in the Donbas and the situation around Crimea, which Kyiv considers Ukrainian, are obstacles to Ukraine’s accession to NATO. This was stated by the German Ambassador to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen.
“The fact remains that there is a military conflict in Ukraine. It is always difficult for NATO to accept new countries where there are such conflicts,” she said. To a clarifying question about whether the conflict in the east of the country, as well as the situation around the Crimea, is an obstacle to membership in the North Atlantic Alliance, the ambassador replied “yes.”
Feldhusen noted that Kyiv has the tools to go further in the issue of cooperation with NATO. “These are annual national programs under the auspices of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, which are implemented by Ukraine every year. In addition, for almost two years, Ukraine has had the status of a partner of the expanded capabilities of the alliance, where you have not yet used the available opportunities at all, ” she said. In addition, the Ambassador recalled the need for reforms, including military, judicial, and anti-corruption.