Ukraine abandons neutrality, looks to join NATO
The Ukrainian parliament has renounced the country’s non-aligned status with the aim of eventually joining Nato, to the anger of Moscow, which views the western alliance’s eastward expansion as a security threat.The Russians have certainly pushed the Ukraine government into the arms of NATO. The Russian aggression made sustaining neutrality impossible.
Kiev first announced its intention of seeking the protection of Nato membership in August, following what it deemed the open participation of Russia’s military in a separatist war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, called Ukraine’s renunciation of its neutral military and political status a “counterproductive” step that would only boost tensions around the crisis in the east.