Ukrainian Membership in NATO: Benefits, Costs and Challenges
Occasional paper no. 12
GEORGE C MARSHALL CENTER APO AE 09053 EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES
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In conformity with Article 51 of the UN Charter, the NATO-Ukraine Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, recalls that it is, the inherent right of all states to choose and to implement freely, their own security arrangements, and to be free to choose or change their security arrangements, including treaties of alliance, as they evolve. In the case of both NATO and Ukraine, each must determine whether membership is in their interest. For NATO, the primary requirements are spelled out in Article 10 of the Washington Treaty and further addressed in the 1995 Study of Enlargement and the Membership Action Plan. In addition, NATO and Ukraine have agreed to specific objectives for Ukraine which are spelled out in detail in the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan, and since 2002 these specific objectives have been implemented in accordance with Annual Target Plans. Starting in 2002, Ukraine has also sought participation in the Membership Action Plan, which is seen as an essential step towards membership, but progress has been limited to an Intensified Dialogue, launched in April 2005. At the moment, the issue of Ukrainian membership in NATO is on hold for a number of reasons including 1 radically divergent opinions within the government between the President and the Prime Minister on the desirability of Ukraine seeking NATO integration among many other issues, 2 lack of public support in Ukraine, 3 the need for considerable further reform, 4 the continuing complexity, fractiousness and uncertainty of the Ukrainian political process and disagreement over foreign policy prerogatives,6 5 differing views among allies about Ukrainian membership in NATO and 6 Russian pressure.
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