Ukraine and Georgia should become members of NATO to help strengthen security in the Black Sea region which is being fundamentally undermined by Russian actions.
The topic was broached at the trilateral meeting held in Ankara between the Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Poland and Romania, reports Ukrinform.
“From a security point of view, our countries (located in the Black Sea region) are going through similar problems... Countries such as Georgia and Ukraine should join NATO. We also note that we do not in any way recognize the annexation of Crimea,” said Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Meleșcanu at a joint press conference.
In turn, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz stressed the importance of Ukrainian and Georgian territorial integrity and said that the actions of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea threaten the security of all of Europe.
“Russia is a threat to European security, due to its activities in the Black Sea region especially, so we support NATO’s military presence in the region,” Czaputowicz said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reaffirmed support for Ukraine’s move towards NATO.
In the spring of 2018, NATO recognized Ukraine’s intent to acquire full membership in the organization. President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine’s next goal is the Membership Action Plan (MAP).
On April 10, President Petro Poroshenko approved the Ukraine-NATO program for 2019.