Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that NATO countries are not yet ready to accept Ukraine into the Alliance.
He said this in an interview with the Latvian news portal Sargs.
The decision to join depends on the position of the capitals of the three member countries, which still perceive Ukraine as "an addition to the Russian Federation," Kuleba said.
"According to my calculations, Ukraine will join the Alliance when the three capitals of the NATO member states change their views on relations with us, finally beginning to perceive us as an independent and independent state, and not as an addition to Russia," the minister said.
At the same time, he expressed his conviction that the situation will change dramatically. In particular, when perceptions change in these capitals, they will no longer build their relations with the Ukrainian state through the prism of bilateral cooperation with the Russian Federation.
According to Kuleba, the capitals of the three NATO member countries still perceive Ukraine as an "addition to the Russian Federation"
"However, until this point of view changes, NATO will only open windows for cooperation with Ukraine, and the doors for accession will be closed for now," Kuleba admitted.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry did not answer the clarifying question of the journalists, which countries didn'rt support Ukrainian membership. The minister referred to the non-diplomatic nature of such a response.