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NATO has an open door policy, but Ukraine unlikely to walk through it any time soon, German officials say amid Donbass escalations

Despite Kiev claiming that only NATO membership will end the risk of supposed Russian aggression in the Donbass, there are currently no plans for the country to join the US-led military bloc, the German government has announced.

Ulrike Demmer, Berlin’s deputy spokesperson, told reporters on Wednesday that the question of Ukraine’s accession to the faction was not currently on the table. “As you know, with regard to new members NATO generally follows an open door policy,” she said. “Ukraine has a right of free choice and its own political needs. However, no further steps towards its membership are currently envisaged.”

The day before, Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, used a call with NATO’s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, to say that his country’s accession to the bloc would be the only path to peace in its war-torn east. “We strive to reform our army and defense sector, but reforms alone cannot stop Russia.”

“NATO is the only way to end the war in the Donbass,” he said. Publishing a clear path to membership would, Zelensky claimed, be a “real signal for the Russian Federation.”

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