Ukraine Has in General Satisfied All Three Key Conditions for Entry Into NATO

Translated by Ollie Richardson


The Director of the Kiev Institute of Peace Research Andrey Mishin told the correspondent of the Federal News Agency (FAN) that the Armed Forces of Ukraine satisfied [in general – ed] all three key conditions necessary for the entry of the country into NATO.

“Technically for the entry of Ukraine into NATO it is formally necessary to hold only three events. All of them are connected with communications. Allies have to communicate among themselves.

That’s why the first thing that must be done is to translate all UAF documentation into English. This has been done since 2005, and Ukraine is ready for this.

The second thing that needs to be done is to convert all analog means of UAF radio communication into digital. This also is already approximately 70% done.

And here the most important thing that hasn’t yet been done by the UAF: a sufficient number of officers and corporals must know the NATO languages and, primarily, English. This hasn’t yet been achieved.

In Poland, for example, all lieutenants who were familiar with German or English had outstanding careers, received ranks early. At the same time the senior officers not capable of learning retired ahead of schedule.

It is absolutely clear that these issues will be resolved. If there is the political will among NATO members, Ukraine can enter NATO literally next year,” stated to FAN the Director of the Kiev Institute of Peace research.

Earlier, FAN reported that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, heading the representative delegation of the North Atlantic Council from 29 delegations of member countries, will visit Ukraine on July 9th-10th.

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Within the framework of the visit meetings will take place between a delegation of the North Atlantic Council of NATO and the senior leadership of the State and representatives of the deputy corps of the Verkhovna Rada. Also a meeting of the “Ukraine-NATO” commission is planned.

Commenting on visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin stated: “The accession of Ukraine to NATO presents an added value to the ranks of the alliance. The organization must prepare for new challenges, and this will be easier with Ukraine than without it”.

As a reminder, on June 8th, during a morning session the Verkhovna Rada adopted bill No. 6470, which at the legislative level records the intention of Ukraine to enter NATO.

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