The Case for Ukraine’s Membership in NATO

2018/5/19 12:57:03

NATO has accepted countries with problems concerning territorial integrity in the past. However, none of the size and strategic importance such as Ukraine. What are some of the arguments in favour of Kyiv entering the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?

Photo: Jens Stoltenberg and Petro Poroshenko in 2017

By Taras Kuzio, May 18, 2018:


It is often said that countries with parts of their territory under foreign control cannot join NATO or the EU. This is often used as a rebuttal against Ukraine’s drive to join NATO and the EU, as Russia occupies the Crimea and parts of the Donbas. At the same time, Germany, which was divided by the USSR (i.e. GDR – East Germany) for five decades, was a founding member of NATO and EU. Cyprus, which has a northern enclave occupied by Turkey since the mid-1970s, was also allowed to join the EU.


The record of NATO-Ukrainian relations under five Ukrainian presidents is mixed. In fact, NATO-Ukrainian relations have only progressed under Presidents Leonid Kuchma (1994-2004) and Petro Poroshenko (2014-).


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Photo courtesy Ukraine Presidential Press Service

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