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    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that there is no consensus among NATO countries on the date of when Ukraine could join the Alliance.

    KIEV (Sputnik) There is no consensus among NATO countries on the date of when Ukraine could join the Alliance, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Monday.

    “Today, we often hear the thesis of when and under what circumstances Ukraine may become a NATO member. To be honest, there is no clear consensus in NATO on Ukraine’s ascension, but not on its likelihood [of joining],” Klimkin said at an inter-parliamentary session of the Ukraine-NATO council in Kiev.

    Klimkin said that in order to reach a consensus in NATO, reforms must first be made in Ukraine.

    Last month, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to approve the country’s new national security strategy, which mentions Kiev’s plans to join NATO.

    Despite Kiev's aspirations, NATO officials have repeatedly denied the short-term prospects of the war-torn country to join the bloc.

    On May 27, Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General said Ukraine is not ready for NATO membership and must first stabilize the conflict in its eastern regions and implement a wide range of reforms.


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