According to earlier reports, the opening of the very first NATO office in Ukraine is being planned.
“Ukrainian Foreign Minister informed that agreements will be made on the NATO presence widening in Ukraine,” Ukrinform reported.
The agency, though, hasn’t specified what kind of agreements they will be.
Pavlo Klimkin, who met Stoltenberg in Brussels on Monday, noted that Secretary General would take part at the Ukrainian Security Council for the first time ever.
“I’ve just had a substantive meeting with the NATO Secretary General and we’ve discussed his visit to Ukraine, which promises to be a milestone. The Chief of Alliance will attend the official opening ceremony of the civil defense military exercise along with the Ukrainian President. In addition, Stoltenberg will participate in Ukraine’s Security Council,” Unian cited Ukraine’s FM as saying.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister later clarified that Kiev aims to sign an agreement with the agency on opening a NATO office in the country.
“Together with the General Secretary we are planning to sign a document that would mark a new level of representation of NATO [in Ukraine]. Practically, it will be an agency consulate in Ukraine,” Klimkin wrote on Twitter.
Разом з Генсеком плануємо у Києві підписати угоду про новий рівень представництва Альянсу. Фактично, це буде Посольство НАТО в Україні.— Pavlo Klimkin (@PavloKlimkin) 7 сентября 2015
In December, 2014, Verkhovna Rada implemented amendments for two laws, rejecting the status of Ukraine as a non-bloc state.
Former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed that before joining the alliance, Ukraine must meet essential criteria for participation, and that would take a lot of time to achieve.
Moreover, NATO doesn’t accept countries in territory disputes, and Ukraine has laid claims on Crimea, an area that reunited with Russia in March, 2014 after the referendum on the peninsula.