FBA “Economics Today”
Earlier, the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the entry of Independent into NATO goes beyond the “red line” of the national interests of the Russian Federation. He stressed that this scenario will push Moscow to take active steps to ensure its own security.
The authors of the article suggested that Russia will respond symmetrically to the strengthening of the Western military presence in Ukraine: it will build up troops along the long joint border. The newspaper noted that the increase in the military contingent is likely to affect the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.
Although the West continues to say that the Russian Federation will not in any way influence the decision on Kiev’s entry into the North Atlantic Alliance, no real action is being taken in this direction. The journalists stressed that the country’s leadership was not even given an Action Plan for Membership in the Alliance (MAP).
According to Ukrainian experts, this means that, in reality, no one invites Ukraine to the military bloc. The West does not want to escalate with Russia. The United States and the European Union fear that an increase in NATO’s military presence in Ukraine will lead to an escalation of the conflict, and they are not at all eager to fight Moscow for Kiev.
“Therefore, all talks about NATO’s prospects for Ukraine from the West are based on the same formula:“ Yes, we will take you someday, but not now. ” Moreover, such statements are made not so much for Ukraine as for Russia. Like to tickle her nerves and “strengthen the negotiating position” on some other issues, “the authors of the article explained.
In conclusion, they noted that it would be possible to talk about any real prospects for Ukraine’s joining the Alliance only after the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the settlement of the situation in Donbass. However, it is highly likely that even then the West will not agree to this, fearing a reaction from Russia.