John Bolton describes the talks about Ukraine joining NATO as a waste of time confirming the existence of differences in the alliance

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The former White House national security adviser, John Bolton said on Tuesday that discussions about Ukraine’s membership in NATO are a waste of time and a sign of disagreements in the alliance.

“Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization states that an attack on one (NATO) member is an attack on all… NATO has never accepted a country being at war, because that would necessarily mean that other members would also get involved in the war”.

He added, “I think that all this talk about Ukraine and NATO is a great waste of time and an indication of the differences in the alliance”.

On Tuesday, the participants in the NATO summit in Vilnius said that Ukraine’s future is in NATO, but the accession procedure doesn’t stipulate a time frame and is based on meeting all conditions.

“The alliance recognizes that Ukraine’s path to full Euro-Atlantic integration has gone beyond the need for a Membership Action Plan,” NATO statement said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a press conference after the first day of the summit that if Ukraine fails to win the confrontation with Russia, the question of its membership in NATO will lose its importance.

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