EU, NATO currently don't see Ukraine as their member - Kuchma

Ukrainian former President Leonid Kuchma believes Ukraine should be realistic about its capabilities and should come close to meeting the standards of the EU and NATO before speaking about membership in these structures.

Ukrainian former President Leonid Kuchma believes Ukraine should be realistic about its capabilities and should come close to meeting the standards of the EU and NATO before speaking about membership in these structures.

"We can head anywhere. We have indeed taken the course in the direction to the EU and NATO, but we should be aware of our capabilities, about the fact that they currently don't see is in the EU and in NATO," Kuchma told reporters in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"How can a country that is involved in a war be admitted to NATO or the EU? We need to come at least close to meeting the standards on which the EU and NATO insist," Kuchma said.

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