Ukraine to become NATO member state with help of Membership Action Plan – Summit communique

NATO leaders have vowed to support reforms toward Ukraine’s rapprochement with the Alliance.Photo from UNIAN, Mykhailo PalynchakPhoto from UNIAN, Mykhailo Palynchak

Ukraine will become a NATO member with the Membership Action Plan as an integral part of the process, leaders of the Alliance have confirmed at their summit.

That’s according to a communique by the leaders of state and government of 30 NATO Allies.

“We reiterate the decision made at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Ukraine will become a member of the Alliance with the Membership Action Plan (MAP) as an integral part of the process,” the communique reads.

“We stand firm in our support for Ukraine’s right to decide its own future and foreign policy course free from outside interference.  The Annual National Programmes under the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) remain the mechanism by which Ukraine takes forward the reforms pertaining to its aspiration for NATO membership.  Ukraine should make full use of all instruments available under the NUC to reach its objective of implementing NATO principles and standards,” NATO leaders stress.

The success of wide-ranging, sustainable, and irreversible reforms, including combating corruption, promoting an inclusive political process, and decentralization reform, based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities, and the rule of law, will be crucial in laying the groundwork for a prosperous and peaceful Ukraine, according to the document.

Further reforms in the security sector, including the reform of the Security Services of Ukraine, are seen as “particularly important.”

Ukraine’s path toward NATO

  • In 2008, a NATO summit was held in Bucharest (Romania), where Ukraine and Georgia were not granted MAP, but told that both countries would become members of the Alliance in the future and that the doors to NATO membership remain open.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he expected the upcoming NATO summit to start discussing the prospects for Ukraine’s obtaining a Membership Action Plan.
  • Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba opined that the Allies at their June 14 summit will make no decision on granting MAP to Ukraine.
  • Olha Stefanishyna, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, expects Ukraine’s security concerns to be adequately reflected in the final documents of the upcoming NATO summit.
  • Top diplomat Kuleba also said Ukraine officials had been left confused after learning the country’s delegation was not invited to the summit amid ongoing Russian aggression targeting the country.
  • (C)UNIAN 2021

14 comments

  • Probably the last article in English at UNIAN. Must be a reason by someone to stop it………………………..

    Liked by 3 people

  • More BS from NATO. We have been hearing the same crap since 2008, and nothing has changed.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Marxist marshmallow Stoltenberg is apparently departing next year. Ben Wallace was sounded out but declined and put up Theresa May for the gig. Kremtrolls will be doing their best to ridicule her, but I think she’s not a bad pick, compared to what we could get, eg a fucking kraut or frog putler jackboot licker.
      However, I would favour Dave Cameron for the role. He hates putler and is good at building consensus. Billy Hague is also in the frame. He could be sound but possibly too risk-averse.

      Liked by 3 people

      • onlyfactsplease

        My choice would be Cameron. I am sick and tired of fascist-mafia jackboot lickers.

        Liked by 3 people

        • No way, bro, he did nothing and was quiet during the Crimea takeover. There must have been a good reason for it but as far as i know he has never spoken about it.

          Liked by 2 people

          • He had plenty to say redders. A lot more than any other leader. You tell me who else said and did more? He was the first in Europe to send cash, non-lethal military equipment, medical supplies and put boots on the ground; in the form of hundreds of army officers and trainers, who are not only still there, but have increased. Furthermore, it was his decision to send top Ukrainian officers to Sandhurst, where many passed with distinction. That programme has continued and increased.

            In addition, because of Britain’s absurdly high EU contribution, UK taxpayers paid a huge share of the EU aid money. His foreign Secretary at the time; Billy Hague, was the first politician in Europe to publicly criticise putler and use the term “land grab”. He and Hague would gone a lot further if Obama had shown proper leadership. If America sends troops and provides air support to an overseas trouble spot, Britain almost always follows when requested. The only exception since ww2 was Vietnam.
            Cameron was the first to condemn the “sham and illegal referendum” in Crimea, which “has taken place at the barrel of a Kalashnikov”.”Russia has sought to annex Crimea,” he said. “This is a flagrant breach of international law and something we will not recognise. This behaviour belongs to the Europe of the last century not this one. It cannot be ignored or we risk more serious problems in the future.
            “So it was very important that the European democracies represented here should send a strong and united message that Russia should face further consequences, and that is what we have done.”
            He cancelled the EU-Russia summit, agreed not to hold bilateral summits and said “we’ll block Russian membership of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Energy Agency.
            “We have agreed to rapidly implement economic, trade and financial restrictions on occupied Crimea. We will only accept Crimean goods in the EU if they come from the Ukraine and not Russia.”
            He promised the UK “will not turn a blind eye” to Russia’s incursion into Crimea.
            He said Moscow had to be shown that it could “not trample over” Ukraine and must not hold an “illegal” referendum on whether Crimea becomes part of Russia.
            Cameron’s official words in March 18, 2014:

            “The steps taken by President Putin today to attempt to annex Crimea to Russia are in flagrant breach of international law and send a chilling message across the continent of Europe.

            Britain depends on the stability and security of the international order. That relies on a rules based system where those who ignore it face consequences. And that’s why the EU and the United States have already imposed sanctions.

            It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. President Putin should be in no doubt that Russia will face more serious consequences and I will push European leaders to agree further EU measures when we meet on Thursday.

            The choice remains for President Putin: take the path of de-escalation or face increasing isolation and tighter sanctions.

            That is why Cameron should run Nato. Plus he is still relatively young and energetic.

            Liked by 2 people

            • I appreciate sending trainers and this is the first I heard about sending any equipment even if it was non-lethal. I was mostly referring to when it happened he was quiet right along with most if not all the western leaders. Most of the help came by way of CO2. Nevertheless, the result and ensuing policies haven’t changed much or help much. The only kinetic deterrence I’ve seen was the javelins backed up the Moskali.

              Like

              • But he was not quiet when it happened, as I hope I have shown. He was the first to condemn the bastard, as he was in 2008, but he was not in power then. He and Hague said and did more than anyone to influence the EU and Obama. But neither took his advice. Britain is not powerful enough to be a world leader. Only America and Germany (the latter because of its enormous investment in Russia) could have made a difference. Obama chose not to help because Ukraine was of little or no concern to him and Germany was never going to do anything that required integrity.

                Liked by 1 person

      • After May’s pathetic response over the Skripal affair, I think that should rule her out altogether. We have enough appeasers in NATO already. Let’s have someone who is anti Russian.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Hague would be my choice.

        Liked by 4 people

  • onlyfactsplease

    “Ukraine will become a NATO member with the Membership Action Plan as an integral part of the process, leaders of the Alliance have confirmed at their summit.”
    What they never say is WHEN. Maybe after the death of the little Führer? The year 2121? 3131?

    Liked by 5 people

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.