Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova has elaborated on why Ukraine does not need to be designated by the U.S. government as a Major non-NATO Ally.
“MNNA is a status for countries that do not plan/cannot join NATO for political or geographical reasons. This is definitely not about us,” the ambassador wrote.
Markarova reminded that Ukraine is already NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partner….
“Not only is the United States our strategic partner that actively helps us build our capabilities and provides funds and weapons, including lethal aid, it has also just signed during President Zelensky’s visit a very strong Framework Agreement between the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon on the Strategic Foundations of Defense Partnership, which is the start for our defense partnership to reach a new level….And it’s precisely the type of bilateral agreements that mark strategic partnerships with the United States – both of NATO Allies and other countries,” Markarova said.
Granting Ukraine the status of the main U.S. ally outside NATO is an outdated idea; for the president and his political team, Ukraine’s full-fledged accession to the North Atlantic Alliance is the matter of principle, adviser to the head of the President’s Office of Ukraine Mykhailo Podoliak said.
“For President Volodymyr Zelensky and our entire political team, Ukraine’s full-fledged accession to NATO is absolutely fundamental. Not any ‘outside NATO’ statuses, but accession to the Alliance,” told Interfax-Ukraine.