Russia should not be afraid of Ukraine’s potential accession to NATO, as the Alliance’s enlargement process has always only strengthened peace.

This was stated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg following a ministerial meeting in Brussels.

“Partly because NATO is a Defense Alliance, partly because Ukraine and the 30 Allies will decide whether Ukraine is ready to join the Alliance. No other country can interfere in this process, because Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state that has the right to choose one’s path, “Stoltenberg said.

He stressed that NATO enlargement in recent decades has brought peace and stability to Europe.

“And there is no reason why Russia should be afraid or try to prevent any sovereign country from joining the Alliance,” he added.
The day before, Stoltenberg said that NATO was exploring the possibility of a rapid deployment of forces in the Black Sea region, if necessary.

It will be recalled that the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that Ukraine’s accession to NATO is the worst-case scenario for Russia.

In response, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba noted that Ukraine was not interested in Russia’s opinion on joining NATO.