17:43 10.07.2018

Canadian ambassador waiting for consideration of Ukraine issue at NATO summit, but not in context of possible membership

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Canadian ambassador waiting for consideration of Ukraine issue at NATO summit, but not in context of possible membership

Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vashchuk believes that the issue of Ukraine will be raised at the upcoming NATO summit, but in the current conditions the military bloc is not ready to respond positively to Ukraine's desire for membership.

"I hope that the issue of Ukraine will be discussed ... in a positive way, that all the allies - big and small - will understand that it is necessary to approach strategically important issues in a political way," he said during the discussion at "Kyiv Forum Talk in: What One Should Expect from 2018 NATO Summit?" in Kyiv on Tuesday.

The diplomat also stressed the importance of unity among NATO members: "We need to demonstrate unity and solidarity within the Alliance. And this is what we need to work with over the next two days."

Answering the question whether the time has come when Ukraine's desire for full membership could be positively received at the NATO summit, the ambassador said: "Unfortunately, the sense of political realism shows that the answer to your question is "no", not in the current circumstances."

The NATO summit will held in Brussels on July 11-12.

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