Ukraine to start NATO talks

Addis Ababa, July 17, 2017 (FBC) - Ukraine will start talks on joining NATO, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Monday, a move likely to strain already tense relations between the West and Ukraine’s neighbour Russia.

When Ukraine’s parliament voted to enshrine in law the country’s priority of acceding to NATO membership last month, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying that the organisation’s spread eastwards “threatens our security and the balance of forces in the Eurasian region.

Naturally, the Russian side will take all measures needed to rebalance the situation and ensure our own security”.

Poroshenko’s statement this week – at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – that Ukraine will open membership talks will likely cause further ire in Moscow.

“Ukraine joining NATO would, undoubtedly, be upsetting for Russia, which has always considered Ukraine to be its nearly identical, yet somehow lesser Slavic brother, standing loyally at its side,” said Raisa Ostapenko, researcher of Eastern European history and politics at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

Source: France24

Posted by Amare Asrat