Former special representative of the US State Department, Kurt Volker, believes that Ukraine and Georgia can become NATO members if they include occupied territories. He informed about this in interview “European truth”.
Well, according to Volker, it may be possible to use the one-term formula proposed by former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The “Rasmussen Formula” involves an agreement between NATO and the candidate countries that they will not return the occupied territories by force: that is, Georgia and NATO declare that neither the former nor the latter support a forceful operation to return Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but instead support their peaceful reintegration to Georgia
“At the same time, there is an agreement on Georgia’s accession to NATO, on the condition that Article 5 applies only to government-controlled territory, and to Abkhazia and South Ossetia only after they are peacefully reintegrated into Georgia. That is, there is a formula for Georgia.” Walker explained.
At the same time, according to him, this formula is no longer suitable for Ukraine, since Russia destroyed such an opportunity with its full-scale attack.
“That’s why I believe that Ukraine should fight to get all its lands back. It is too dangerous to leave any part of Ukraine under Russian occupation. This is what I hear from my Ukrainian friends and colleagues. That is, Ukraine will continue to fight. But if peace is reached at some point, then Rasmussen’s formula for the effect of Article 5 can be applied here as well.”– he said.
President Zelensky reported that only Russia’s loss of control of everything and responsibility for aggression will be a safeguard against new wars.
As reported, current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that Russia is at war with Ukraine The Alliance has two tasks: support Ukraine and prevent a direct confrontation between NATO and the Russian Federation, prevent the spread of war.
Earlier, the Secretary General of NATO warned that The West should be ready to support Ukraine for a long time and advised to complain recently.