The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), thanks to the technology and methods of NATO, have actually become the army of a military alliance. This was stated on February 24 by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in an interview with the El Confidential newspaper.
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“In fact, the Ukrainian army is already a NATO army, because all our equipment is NATO equipment. We have implemented NATO standards in our armed forces,” he said.
The Ukrainian army has received significant combat experience and can pass it on to the armies of the alliance, Shmyhal added. Therefore, in his opinion, Ukraine will become a valuable member of the North Atlantic Alliance in the near future. He also said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine intend to return Ukraine to the 1991 borders.
Shmygal also recalled that Ukraine also seeks to get into the European Union (EU). He expressed confidence that she will do this in the next two years, as she completes the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission.
The day before, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace did not rule out sending fighter jets to Ukraine by any NATO country. He specified that military planes would not be sent to Kyiv in the short or medium term.
Earlier, on February 21, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Pavel Yablonsky noted that, in agreement with NATO, Ukraine can receive any weapon. According to him, Poland “will do everything so that Ukraine receives any weapons that it needs for defense.”
On February 19, columnist Hal Brands, in an article for Bloomberg, expressed the opinion that Ukraine will not become part of NATO in the foreseeable future. At the same time, he noted that Ukraine has an option to remain an ally of the West and continue to receive weapons and heavy equipment.
A day earlier, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk said that Ukraine expects to receive an invitation to join NATO in June. The NATO summit in Vilnius is scheduled for June 11-12, 2023.