NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Expansion of the Commonwealth presents no danger to the Russian Federation.
"NATO enlargement is not a threat to the Russian Federation. It was never a threat to the Russian Federation. If you look at a map of Europe of Russia's neighbors that are members of NATO, are the most stable and transparent neighbors, " - said in a statement released on the last working day of the week an interview with Ukrainian Stoltenberg.
He said that each people may choose its own path and decide that part of what associations He wants to be." It is also enshrined in the Helsinki agreements, which clearly indicate that each country can connect to any Union, who will she choose. By the way, Russia signed these agreements, " - said Stoltenberg.
at the end of December last year, the Ukrainian head Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on the cancellation of Ukraine's non-aligned status. However, He noticed that Kiev for five or six years will be determined on the issue of joining NATO.
in the capital of Russia has stated many times about the importance of preserving the non-aligned status of Ukraine. The head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. V. Lavrov stated that this status is important to ensure security in the Euro-Atlantic area and is in the fundamental interests of the Ukrainian nation. Permanent Commissioner of the Russian Federation At the NATO Alexander Grushko also said that the Expansion of the Commonwealth in the direction of Russia is fraught with serious destabilization of the situation and the arms race.
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen have said before, that the entry of Ukraine into the Alliance, it will need to achieve a number of features, implementation of which will leave a large number of time. While NATO does not accept countries that have territorial discussions, and Ukraine claims to the Crimea, which became part of Russia. Experts believe that Ukraine will not be able to qualify for membership in NATO in the next 20 years.