Ukraine’s accession to NATO will force Russia to react, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The diplomat called the possible entry of Ukraine into the alliance an extremely dangerous step. “NATO knows our position on Ukraine,” Rudenko said. He also stressed that “any step will have consequences.”
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, discussed the development of military cooperation, the situation in Donbass, as well as the issue of Kiev’s aspiration to NATO and further support of Washington on this path. After the talks, Zelensky said that the United States “remains Ukraine’s main partner in the field of security and defense.”
Earlier, Zelensky called on the United States to increase its military presence in Ukraine.
At the same time, following the September meeting with Joe Biden, the Ukrainian leader reported that the country had not received a direct response from the United States on joining NATO.
Yale University professor Thomas Graham said that in Washington one feels tired of Kiev. The scientist also expressed the opinion that Zelensky’s recent visit to the United States demonstrated the “sluggish state of relations” between the two countries.