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    Ukraine Will Not Get Into NATO 'No Matter How Many Referendums They Hold'

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    Apparently unfazed by NATO’s decision to suspend talks on the deployment of missile defense systems in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko is all set to hold a referendum on his country’s membership of the Alliance. In an interview with Sputnik, political analyst Andrei Kortunov doubted that Ukraine would join NATO any time soon.

    “It makes no sense talking about Ukraine in NATO now that NATO leadership insists that Kiev should must go ahead with reforms, modernization, develops state institutions and only then applyies for membership,” Kortunov said.

    He added that even if the majority of Ukrainians voted for NATO membership, this would have little effect because the Alliance has no desire to take responsibility for Ukraine.

    “NATO has a geopolitical interest in bringing aboard countries that would enhance its security and defense potential. Besides, new members should not create additional problems for the present members. Ukraine meets neither of these conditions,” Kortunov noted.

    He added that if Brussels eventually agrees to let Ukraine in, it can do this without committing itself to defending the country.
    “No one is going to fight for Ukraine, that’s why NATO can work with it, it can give it promises, but will never take it in,” Kortunov concluded.

    The NATO leadership has postponed indefinitely talks with Ukrainian officials about the use of a missile defense system in Europe, The the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources in the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

    The talks were to deal with incidents that can happen when using a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, such as an interceptor missile’s  of its debris falling on Ukrainian territory.

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that NATO was putting off planned discussions with Ukraine on the missile defense system because of the "political sensitivity" and possible "overreaction by the Russians," citing a NATO diplomat.

    "No talks with any country were canceled. We will continue to exchange information, consult with each other and cooperate with our neighbors and partners as needed, step by step," the source said, adding that NATO’s goal was to be as transparent as possible in the issue of missile defense, "especially while we are increasing our defenses."

    Fully aware of US President Donald Trump’s stated desire to mend fences with Russia, the NATO leadership appears  carefulappears careful not to provoke Moscow.

    During his election campaign, Trump described NATO as an important but obsolete organization that needs to be reformed.

    Many in the US military believe that President Trump could back off from the planned deployment of a European missile shield as part of a possible deal with Moscow.

    “I don’t think Ukraine could join NATO any time soon. To be accepted a country must have no internal conflicts, no territorial disputes with its neighbors and must have armed forces fully compatible with NATO standards. Ukraine meets none of these requirements and no matter how many referendums they hold they will not be accepted,” Bogdan Bezpalko, deputy director of the Moscow State University’s Center of Ukrainian and Belarusian Studies, told Sputnik.

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the Berliner Morgenpost, President Poroshenko reiterated his desire to hold a referendum on Ukraine’s membership of NATO. He said that 54 percent of Ukrainians wanted this compared to just 16 percent four years ago.

    In December 2014, the Ukrainian parliament voted to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards NATO membership. Under Ukraine’s new military doctrine, its armed forces are to become compatible with NATO’s before 2020.

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      dc801
      NATO only wanted them originally so they can park their fleet in Crimea. Now that Crimea is Russian territory from now on, Ukraine has zero value to NATO. From what ive heard, even Merkel is fed up with them. Trump also dislikes the Ukraine after they basically said some lousy things about him during the election. Its never going to happen
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      slimyfox
      The problem you described is basically correct only that it is much more complex than it look like. Before all in very crucial moment in their history Serbian people were let down by the Russians. It is true that Russia has been ruled by psychopath, alcoholic and drug addicts Boris Yeltsin and he gave up Serbia despite bilateral political and military alliance with Russia. Yeltsin did not care about future of Crimea same as he did not care about agreement with Serbia. In both cases he was controlled by USA ambassador in Moscow and therefore he obeyed orders.

      Serbian people did not forget that and in my opinion they do not trust too much to Putin either. Reason being is that Putin has been hand picked by Yeltsin's staff and put on test which he passed with flying colours. We all know who was Yeltsin and for how much of organised crime in Russia he was responsible. He was looking for someone with similar qualities who would go hand in hand with organised crime and be strongly pro western.

      Putin perfectly fit the frame and was selected to be last prime minister in Yeltsin created government. Putin has very shadowy past and I believe that neither our BND has anything more on him that we already know. Over here in Berlin no one knows what he was doing in Dresden where he served his KGB service.

      His connection with organised crime prior and after become prime minister is well documented according to Russian media and our BND sources as well as other western intelligence services which were operating in DDR at the time of his service.

      Serbian politicians know that and they are aware of his aspiration to join western politicians and become their friend as Yeltsin was. That was one of the excuses why some Serbian politicians turned towards NATO believing that if there will be trouble with Kosovo once again than pro-western Putin will not interfere and help Serbia but play bit stupid and wait to see what will be outcome.

      Serbian people are in majority with hearths for Russia but intellectuals and local moguls are for NATO because they as already said know that from Putin there will be no help and therefore old say has been applied> "If you cant beat them, than join them" That is whole secret why Serbian politicians do not trust Putin and why they want to join NATO.
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