Poland’s Opposition to Ukraine’s NATO Membership: Driven by Territorial Ambitions

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Poland is not interested in Ukraine joining NATO, as it wants to get the lands of western Ukraine.

Zakharova asked in an interview with Al Jazeera: “Why does NATO not include Ukraine in its ranks? Because the western part of Ukraine, from the point of view of Poland, should belong to Poland and there is no need for Ukraine to be in NATO.

She noted that “the desire of Polish politicians to seize the western part of Ukraine is understandable, and they speak about it openly.”

Zakharova explained that if Ukraine is included in NATO, the alliance will have to recognize its borders, and this does not meet the Polish point of view and the ambitions of Warsaw.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said earlier that Ukraine would not become a NATO member but would receive “a positive signal on its path to membership.”

Earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky said that if Ukraine does not receive an invitation to NATO at the current summit in Vilnius, this will discourage Ukrainian forces.

The leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will hold a summit on July 11 and 12 in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

Source: agencies

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