The possibility of Ukraine's NATO membership should be considered only by the Ukrainian people and the members of the alliance without other countries’ interference.
Head of Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said that Ukraine is not welcomed in NATO and will be used against Russia.
NATO respects the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to renounce the non-aligned status of the state and confirms that Ukraine can become a member of the organization if it applies for it, complies with the standards, and adheres to the necessary principles.
The Verkhovna Rada passed the president's bill "On amending certain laws of Ukraine on Ukraine's renouncing of implementing the policy of non-alignment."
Russian prime minister believes that the rejection of the non-aligned status will turn Ukraine into a potential military adversary of Russia.
The Verkhovna Rada should continue strengthening the legislative support of defense capabilities and make a clear decision to shed the non-aligned status.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the expansion of NATO is "error and provocation," undermining security in Europe.