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Ukraine Might Not Become NATO Member Within Next 30 Years - Scholz

© Sputnik / Alexey Vitvitsky / Go to the mediabankGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz  - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.05.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday that Ukraine might not become a NATO member for the next 30 years.
"You know the decisions, it is not expected in the near future. Maybe not even in the next 30 years," Scholz told German citizens at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the German constitution.
Ukraine applied for accelerated NATO membership in September 2022, following the start of Russia's special military operation. In March, NATO Military Committee chair Rob Bauer said that the matter concerning Ukraine’s membership in NATO was settled, however, the discussion on the timeline was ongoing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that NATO's expansion to include Ukraine would create a direct national security threat to Russia and that Moscow considers the non-aligned status of Ukraine to be extremely important to put an end to the years-long conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a plenary session of the Future Technologies Forum at the World Trade Center in Moscow, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.07.2023
Putin: Ukraine in NATO Will Create Threat for Russia, Won't Increase Own Security
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