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The entry of Ukraine and Georgia into NATO would be a huge military and economic problem for Russia, said the Director of the Department of European cooperation Ministry of foreign Affairs Andrey Kelin at the site of the discussion club «Valdai».
He added that the need «to build a defensive belt near Sochi», and it will take enormous resources.
The expansion of the Alliance
Kiev and Tbilisi are going to join NATO, but the Alliance argued that it needs to meet the standards of the organization.
So, in December 2014 Ukraine renounced non-aligned status. After a year and a half in Kiev adopted additional changes that define NATO membership a foreign policy goal. Ukraine by 2020 to ensure full compatibility of its Armed forces with those of NATO countries.
In turn, the former Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen noted that the entry for Kiev will require to reach a number of criteria, implementation of which will take a long time. According to experts, it will take about 20 years.
In turn, Georgia and NATO began to operate in 1994 when the country became a participant of the program «Partnership for peace». After the «rose revolution» of 2004, the cooperation has increased. In April 2008 in Bucharest at the NATO summit it was confirmed that Tbilisi may in future become a member of the organization subject to compliance with its standards. Now in Georgia regularly hosts NATO exercises.
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