Moscow: Russia has made it clear that NATO membership will be a red line for Ukraine. In a statement issued from the Kremlin, it has been said that Russia is concerned that Ukraine will one day get NATO membership.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave out this statement at a time when the presidents of the US and Russia have held a summit in Geneva for the first time in years, just a day before. Both leaders have described this summit as a very good step towards improving bilateral ties.
Tension between Ukraine and Russia has been going on for a long time. It has moved from the political level to the strategic level. Ukraine is also scared of the domination of Russia in the eastern Europe region. This is the reason why Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday directly asked the US to confirm whether Ukraine will be granted get NATO membership.
In response, US President Joe Biden said that Ukraine will have to curb the domestic corruption before joining the NATO. Kremlin spokesman Peskov said that Moscow is keeping a close watch on both countries in this regard and is watching things closely.
"We are watching things closely and NATO membership is a red line for Moscow," he said
Peskov said that Moscow is concerned about Ukraine's possible membership of NATO. He said that in the talks between President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, both countries are in favour of talking about arms control as soon as possible.
He also said that both the leaders have agreed that it is necessary to have regular dialogue in the future, which can pave the way for improved ties. Significantly, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia has said that talks between the US and Russia could happen next week.