The North Atlantic Alliance officially acknowledged Ukraine's aspiration to become a full member of this organization. This was announced by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze on the results of talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.
"From recognizing ambitions to full membership there is a long way, which consists, first of all, of internal activities, but we can succeed on this path if we purposefully change the country in accordance with NATO's democratic, social, economic, political and, of course, military principles and approaches", said the Vice Prime Minister. "Progress is often achieved through small steps, but huge work behind the scenes. Among the topics of our talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General Ms. Rose Gottemoeller was the clear statement that NATO recognizes Ukraine’s aspirations of Ukraine enshrined in our laws. The official NATO website placed a statement that currently 4 countries, including Ukraine, have declared their intentions to become members of the North Atlantic Alliance in the future. I am sincerely grateful to our diplomats and partners for this page on our way", noted the Vice Prime Minister.
According to the North Atlantic Alliance's official website in the section NATO Enlargement: "Currently, four partner countries have declared their aspirations to NATO membership: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Ukraine." Moreover, this page contains an explanation of the status of the "Aspirant country", which Ukraine now falls under. "Countries that have declared an interest in joining the Alliance are initially invited to engage in an Intensified Dialogue with NATO about their membership aspirations and related reforms", the explanation reads.