Foreign minister, military chief: Ukraine’s NATO-standard army to be integrated into global military force | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Foreign minister, military chief: Ukraine’s NATO-standard army to be integrated into global military force

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who was at NATO headquarters slightly more than a week ago to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, spoke with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and confirmed that his nation’s entry into NATO and the European Union is a matter not of if but when.

For anyone not familiar with the fact, the eleven nations that have joined both NATO and the European Union in the post-Cold War era – Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – all joined NATO first and the EU second. As though the first were the precondition for the second as it evidently is. That says a lot concerning power relations between NATO and the EU, and between the U.S. and the EU.

Having been promised eventual NATO membership at the military bloc’s summit in Bucharest, Romania in 2008, Ukraine’s impediments to full accession now are the territorial dispute in the Donbass and the presence of foreign (that is, non-NATO) military forces in territory it claims as its own: Crimea, where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has been based for centuries.

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