Latest from NATO summit: Ukraine will be good NATO candidate after conflict with Russia ends – Polish FM

15:48 Jul. 9, 2016

Ukraine will be good NATO candidate after conflict with Russia ends – Polish FM

Multinational military drill including soldiers from Ukraine, USA, England, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia and Lithuania at Yavoriv training centre near Lyviv in Ukraine, on July 20, 2015. (GettyImages Photo)

Witold Waszczykowski says, NATO leaves opportunities for Ukraine to enter the Alliance

Ukraine will be a real candidate and could possibly enter NATO after peace is established in the Donbas region.

This is reported by Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski after a meeting of the Vysegrad Four group at the NATO summit in Warsaw, according to Ukrainian news agency Livyi Bereg.

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The Minister says, NATO doors remain open to Ukraine, and now the country is in discussions over potential membership.

"Political parties in Ukraine are getting convinced that they must become a NATO member in the future. And the Alliance leaves such opportunities for Ukraine. We all realize though, that Kyiv will be a good NATO candidate, when the conflict between Ukraine and Russia ends", Waszczykowski said.

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The Minister also added, the Visegrad Four would push for a new negotiation format V4+, which would include the Visegrad states (Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary) plus Ukraine and Romania. However, the expansion of the group should be agreed upon later.

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