Now Estonia would not be able to join NATO if I was no longer in the Alliance.
Georgia and Ukraine should prepare for NATO membership and wait for the right moment.
This was stated by the Minister of defence of Estonia jüri Luik.
“I told my Georgian and Ukrainian colleagues that you should never give up. The best example is the membership of the Baltic countries. It was considered a miracle, but, nevertheless, it happened,” said Luik.
According to him, this became possible due to the sudden “affair” of former US President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2001 and the terrorist attacks of 11 September, which devalued collective defence.
“We were ready to act at the first opportunity. If these debates took place in a year, they would have poisoned disagreements related to the war in Iraq,” the Minister said and called for Georgia and Ukraine to wait for the right moment to use it.
According to Luna, he never heard the statements made to the adoption of the Baltic countries into NATO in any way meant that the Alliance can’t be accepted in Georgia and Ukraine.
“Our history is good. It shows that you can build a containment system and it will work. Georgia and Ukraine was not a deterrent,” he said.
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