March 14, 2022

NATO ex-Sec-Gen Rasmussen: not granting Ukraine, Georgia MAP in 2008 “a mistake”

It was a mistake by NATO not to grant Ukraine and Georgia their Membership Action Plans (MAP) back in 2008, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary-General of the alliance, said in an interview with the Georgian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Monday.

Rasmussen claimed the alliance could have acted in a more determine fashion during the decision-making on the question on granting the two countries a pathway for joining its membership at the 2008 Summit in Bucharest.

I think we should have done more to deter Putin. Back in 2008, he attacked Georgia [that is, Georgia attacked South Ossetia], took de facto Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We could have reacted much more determinedly already in that time”, the former Secretary-General said.

Rasmussen said he believed the alliance should recognise “appeasement” with authoritarian leaders led to “war and conflict.”