Czech Republic said Ukraine’s joining NATO won’t solve the problems of Kiev
The Czech Republic supports Ukraine’s aspirations to become a NATO member, but joining the North Atlantic Alliance will not solve the country’s problems – as noted by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, RIA Novosti reports
In particular, the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry stated, “Of course, we support Ukraine’s ambitions to become a member of NATO, but that won’t automatically solve its problems.”
Jan Lipavský opined that it is now much more important to focus on increasing aid to Kiev, including funds for a fund of military equipment and non-lethal materials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said last year that Kiev was applying to join NATO on an accelerated basis. Later, Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan noted that the procedure for admitting Ukraine to the alliance was not timely. In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, commenting on the words of the Ukrainian leader, recognised NATO’s unchanged position on the right of each country to determine its own path and on the ‘open door’ policy, but noted that the alliance would concentrate its efforts on supporting Kiev in the conflict.