The US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker explained why Ukraine and Georgia is not worth it to hope for a speedy entry into NATO. Countries, there is still much to do, said Walker. He also explained why Ukraine has not received the action plan on membership in the Alliance, although this is supposed to happen in 2008.
The United States supported this decision, said Walker.
“It had to be done because map is not a guarantee of membership. It is a tool, a way to help the country to prepare to become a reliable candidate later”, – quotes Agency the words of the special representative of the state Department.
Granting the map to Ukraine and Georgia was supposed to happen back in 2008 at a conference in Bucharest. But then came the voices of the representatives of some countries-members of NATO, some opposition to this. According to Volker, they thought it “will create automatism in the direction of the membership.”
“They didn’t want to have automaticity on membership because of Russia. It was also said by other allies, they can be members, but now they are not ready,” – said the diplomat.
A few days earlier the special envoy of the us state Department on Ukraine have called for toughening the position of Western countries on the issue of visits to the Crimea politicians and businessmen. For this, says Walker, it’s time to punish rigidly.
“Including the consequences for travel trade and business contacts with this territory”, – said the diplomat.
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