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    Ukraine in NATO? 'Unnecessary and Harmful' – Brzezinski

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    Earlier in March, Zbigniew Brzezinski said that the United States should ensure that even if Ukraine joins the European Union, it will not become a member of NATO.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian membership of NATO is not only unnecessary but may turn out harmful, former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said in an interview with Polish newspaper Gazeta Prawna on Wednesday.

    In December 2014, Ukraine canceled the country's non-aligned status, confirming its intentions to join NATO.

    "Ukraine definitely needs to be helped, provided with equipment. Should [Ukraine] join NATO in future? It is generally not necessary. Perhaps even harmful," Brzezinski said.

    Earlier in March, Brzezinski said that the United States should ensure that even if Ukraine joins the European Union, it will not become a member of NATO.

    Despite Kiev's aspirations to become part of the alliance, NATO officials have repeatedly stressed that the country needs to implement a wide range of reforms before pursuing bloc membership. Accession to NATO requires unanimous approval by all 28 members of the Alliance.

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