MOSCOW, November 23 (Sputnik) — Ukraine’s NATO, EU membership would not be possible in the foreseeable future, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in his interview with Der Spiegel magazine published on Sunday.
“I think that the partnership between Ukraine and NATO is possible, but not the membership,” Steinmeier said.
The German minister also stated that it is unrealistic to think that Ukraine might join the European Union in the short term, since the improvement of the economic and political situation in the country is “the project of the next few generations”.
“This is why today there is no point in discussing Ukraine’s membership of the EU,” Steinmeier added.
In September, Ukraine and the EU parliament ratified the economic and political parts of the Association Agreement. That same month, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a plan of reforms he wanted to implement until 2020. Poroshenko said his 'Strategy-2020' plan would help to implement reforms and special programs that will make Ukraine eligible for EU membership within six years.