Ukrainian General: Kiev Virtually Lost Political Support from the West

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KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine has virtually lost the support of Western countries because it creates problems for them, general and former Defense Minister of Ukraine Aleksandr Kuzmuk told 112 television.

“It’s not easy to make a frank assessment, it’s not a positive one,” said Kuzmuk, commenting on the reaction to the Kerch Strait incident and the situation in Ukraine. “We are becoming a nagging factor for Europe and the US.”

He noted that the West expects Kiev to solve its problems on its own.

“And the worst is that we are without political support,” the general concluded.

In 2014, Kiev abandoned its status as a non-aligned country. By 2016, entry into NATO became the main goal of the country’s foreign policy. By 2020, Ukraine must ensure the full compatibility of its Armed Forces with the forces of Alliance countries.

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Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said preparations for entry into the political-military bloc would still take a long time. According to experts, Kiev cannot claim to join the Alliance in the next 20 years.

In November, the Supreme Rada (Ukrainian parliament) adopted a bill that establishes the country’s goal of joining the European Union and NATO. In addition, the Ukrainian president, Pyotr Poroshenko, proposed a series of clauses that could “consolidate the choice of Ukraine and its place as a member of the European family.”

However, according to the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, it is unrealistic to talk about Kiev’s accession to the EU in the coming years. He emphasized that the country should focus on the implementation of the association agreement with the European Union.

Meanwhile, Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich said the US “simply bribed” Ukraine by paying $10 million in additional aid to the Ukrainian navy after the incident in the Kerch Strait, where at the end of November Ukrainian ships were detained for illegally entering Russian waters.

Earlier, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino announced that the United States would grant $10 million in additional aid to the Ukrainian Navy after the Kerch incident.

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