Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that NATO membership for Ukraine would be of no use in resolving the conflict.
“We highly doubt that this will help Ukraine solve its domestic problems,” said Peskov.
“From our point of view, it will only make the situation worse,” he added.
“If you ask the opinion of the several million people living in the self-declared republic (in the east), you will see that for them NATO membership is very unacceptable,” he was quoted as saying. TRT, Tuesday (6/4/2021).
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after escalating clashes and Russian military movements on the border raised fears of an escalation in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.
In a tweet after the phone call, Zelensky said it was time for NATO to move forward with Ukraine’s longstanding desire to become a member.
He said Kiev was committed to the defense reforms that the alliance called for membership.