NATO will consider Ukraine’s application to join the Alliance in accordance with the usual procedure

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, is confident that nobody can prevent Ukraine from accession to NATO. If Ukraine files an application to join NATO, it will be considered as all other applications, Stoltenberg stated in Warsaw.

“No one has the right to intervene or veto this process. This is a very important principle – each state, including Ukraine, has a sovereign right to choose its own path, including decisions on which arrangements in the security area to enter,” Stoltenberg said, speaking at Warsaw University.

According to a survey conducted by the Sociological Rating Group in February 2016, 47% of Ukrainians support Ukraine’s accession to NATO and 31% of respondents expressed their opposition.

In November 2015, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine needs six to seven years to meet the requirements for possible accession to NATO. Currently, the relations between NATO and Ukraine can be defined as a special partnership. The Charter for this partnership was signed in 1997.

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