Is Ukraine planning to join the European Union? Russia is against it. Is Ukraine planning to join NATO? Russia is against it. Absolutely any step by Ukraine causes dissatisfaction in Russia.

Medunytsya Oleg

Expert on budget and decentralization. Member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Budget of the 7th-8th convocations. He participated in the development and implementation of budget reform, administrative-territorial reform and…

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Is Ukraine planning to join the European Union? Russia is against it. Is Ukraine planning to join NATO? Russia is against it. Absolutely any step by Ukraine causes dissatisfaction in Russia.

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We have always been advised by “foreign partners” and some voices in the middle of the country not to make Russia angry. When we started dubbing movies in Ukrainian, when we regulated broadcasting, when we abolished the odious Kivalov-Kolesnichenko law.  We have been hearing “Putin will evade you in this case” for decades.

Instead, we have always said that Russia will always find an excuse to try to conquer Ukraine. Therefore, we did our part without taking into account the position of Moscow.

Now an ultimatum has been issued to virtually the entire civilized world, either close the door to Ukraine in NATO, make it neutral (read: make the process of future occupation easier for us), or Russia will carry out open military aggression under the pretext of defending its “national interests.”

In fact, this claim is far-fetched.

NATO-Ukraine relations began much earlier, in 1991, when Ukraine joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council after independence (transformed into the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in 1997). Ukraine was the first CIS country to join NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program (February 8, 1994).

Deepening integration with NATO and the EU is a priority area of ​​public policy enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.

And Russia has never had such a level of hysteria as now. This once again proves that we should do our part regardless of what the Kremlin thinks about it. Do not be afraid!