Lavrov: NATO membership aspiration of Kiev endangers European security

The very idea of Ukraine's accession to NATO jeopardizes the people of that country and the entire system of European security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The very idea of Ukraine's accession to NATO jeopardizes the people of that country and the entire system of European security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"The very idea of Ukraine's aspiration for NATO membership is dangerous for the Ukrainian people, because there is no unity on this subject, and for European security," Lavrov said in a program of Rossiya 1 television anchor Vladimir Solovyov on Thursday.

The minister reminded the audience that all member countries of the European security system had committed to indivisible security.

"No one shall ensure one's security by infringing security of the others and no one shall move the dividing lines inherited from the Cold War era," the minister stated.

Lavrov said he was confident that Russia had not lost Ukraine as an allied state.

"I do not think we have lost Ukraine; it is impossible to separate Russia and Ukraine. We are connected by centuries-old history, the economy, geography, culture, civilization values, as well as family and kinship bonds," the minister said.

He hopes the Ukraine crisis will be settled and a Ukrainian state will be formed on the basis of compromises and national reconciliation, which will be able to restore neighborly relations with Russia.

"I am positive that this tragic phase in the history of Ukraine will be overcome and the people of Ukraine will eventually sort out what is happening and what happened in February and wish to restore its concord via national reconciliation and unity of all parts of Ukraine but not through the diktat of one ideology that is reigning in Kiev but a compromise and genuinely equal relations between regions," the Russian foreign minister said.

"I am confident that this Ukrainian state will have a perfect attitude to Russia and this will absolutely not mean that someone has lost somebody," Lavrov added.

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