Stoltenberg: Ukraine's bid for NATO membership, if submitted, to be processed in standard way
NATO is ready to consider Ukraine's bid for organization membership if it decides to submit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the Brussels Forum on Friday.
According to him, it's up to Ukraine to decide on NATO membership. If Ukraine submits its application, it will be processed the way any other country's bid is handled, Russian Federal Information and Analytical Agency Rosbalt reported with reference to Stoltenberg.
Responding to questions from Forum attendees, Stoltenberg said he saw no contradiction between the "strengthening of collective defense" of NATO member countries and their "desire to restore constructive and predictable relations with Russia."