Stoltenberg: NATO should step up cooperation with aspirant countries

Speaking about the prospects for NATO enlargement, including the accession of Ukraine and Georgia, Stoltenberg noted that it’s obvious that “it won’t happen tomorrow.” However, he criticized the position, including by some Western politicians, that this allegedly irritates Russia.

“First of all, it is important to establish some basic principles and values. And that it is the right for any sovereign nation to decide its own path. The whole idea that it’s a provocation to Russia that small neighbors join NATO is absolutely wrong,” Stoltenberg said.