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French foreign minister concerned by Ukraine’s wish to join NATO

November 25, 2014, 13:47 UTC+3 PARIS
Kiev's unwillingness to pay pensions to residents of eastern regions is also concerning, according to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

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PARIS, November 25. /TASS/. Kiev’s latest statements on seeking to join the North Atlantic Alliance and refusal to pay pensions to citizens of eastern Ukraine, arouse concerns, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the France Inter radio station on Tuesday.

“In recent days, a number of statements from the Ukrainian side have been heard which seem to be very concerning,” Fabius said. “When Ukrainians say they will not pay pensions to people in the country’s east or when the new government says that its goal is Ukraine’s accession to NATO, this evidently creates great problems,” he said.

The French top diplomat said Paris is committed to the Minsk agreements reached in September which give a clear roadmap towards returning to peace. Fabius said he had discussed this issue at the meeting in Vienna with his counterparts from Russia, the United States and Germany.

On November 21, the majority coalition in Ukraine’s parliament announced it planned to cancel the country’s non-bloc status, adopt a course towards NATO’s membership and raise military spending to 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015.

The lawmakers agreed to work out and adopt a new edition of Ukraine’s national security strategy and military doctrine with due account of the changed military-political situation around the country. A new term - ‘potential enemy’ - and its clear criteria will be introduced in the military doctrine.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday the issue of guarantees of Ukraine’s non-admission to NATO will be raised if Kiev takes the decision to change the country’s nonaligned status.

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