#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on adoption by Verkhovna Rada of law establishing membership in NATO as priority of foreign policy
On June 8, a law was passed in the Ukrainian Parliament providing for a legislative definition of the country’s membership in NATO as a priority of Ukraine’s foreign policy. With the adoption of this law, Ukraine has lost the neutral status proclaimed in the Declaration on State sovereignty (article IX) and has set its priority in national security policy.
However, hopes for Ukraine’s accession to NATO, at least in some status, are illusory enough. Yuri Boyko, a member of the faction “Opposition Bloc”, shared this view. Also, the Ukrainian ‘oppositional’ parliamentarian noted that the law had been adopted for ideological reasons and would not be able to influence the admission of Ukraine to the alliance membership because, under the NATO charter, a country could not be admitted as a member if there was a military conflict.
A Co-chairman of ‘Opposition Bloc’ Alexander Vilkul supported a neutral status of Ukraine and stressed that the country’s geopolitical position on the “linkage of worlds and civilizations” made a position of neutrality only effective.
On the other hand, supporters of the presidential course and radical political parties have organized a real hunt against those who voted against or abstained from voting in favour of the bill. In particular, a former deputy Chornovil showed vigilance and published the names of the ‘unpatriotic’ votes of the deputies on his Facebook page.
To sum up, it can be said that the adopted law establishes the de jure orientation of the Kiev authorities towards Ukraine’s accession to NATO. But it will not be possible to speed up this process, despite all the attempts of the Kiev authorities. But this law greatly escalates a confrontation with Russia and other CIS countries, as it poses considerable potential threats to other countries in the post-soviet area.
It is like déjà vu, because NATO uses the same creeping offensive tactics as Ukraine takes “gray areas” and tries to get close to ideological opponents. Even if NATO does not take what remained of Ukraine into its ranks, the alliance has acquired a bargaining chip that can plunge a huge area into chaos. The Ukraine’s independence with such priorities is out of question, because the reason for existence of Ukrainian nationalists lies in the eternal search for a master, which can ‘borrow’ something.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy