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Austrian Foreign Minister against Ukraine’s admittance to NATO

March 27, 2014, 17:48 UTC+3 BERLIN
Instead of NATO membership, Ukraine should seek a non-aligned role or even neutrality, Sebastian Kurz believes
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Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz and his Ukrainian counterpart Andrii Deshchytsia

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz and his Ukrainian counterpart Andrii Deshchytsia

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BERLIN, March 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has spoken against a possibility of Ukraine’s getting membership of NATO.

Ukraine’s accession to NATO might become a provocation for Russia, he told Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk radio.

Instead of NATO membership, Ukraine should seek a non-aligned role or even neutrality, while the mentality pegged to political blocks could split the countries like Ukraine or Moldova, Kurz said.

He indicated that the EU is offering a prospect to Ukraine in the form of an Association Agreement, but the AA should be aimed to hamper Russia because it would prop up the block-pegged mentality otherwise.

It is important to find an option that would allow Ukraine to cooperate with the EU and Russia in the long term. A list of these options includes the idea of a free trade zone, among other things, Kurz said.

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