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Scholz believes that Ukraine will not join NATO in foreseeable future

May 22, 2023

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes that Ukraine is unlikely to join NATO in the "foreseeable future”.

He expressed this opinion in an interview with Welt.


Scholz was asked if he would theoretically support Ukraine's membership in NATO after the war was over.

"In Bucharest in 2008, NATO made decisions that formulated a long-term perspective. It is clear to everyone that this (Ukraine's accession to NATO - ed.) will not happen in the foreseeable future," he said.

In addition, Scholz noted that the criteria for NATO membership include a number of conditions, which, in his opinion, Ukraine cannot fulfill yet.

The German chancellor added that in the future the issue of security guarantees for Ukraine and the extent to which the state will be provided with weapons will be raised. However, it is still too early to talk about this.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 22/05/2023

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