Slovenia hesitates because of Ukraine’s NATO membership
Slovenia did not endorse the statement by nine Eastern European NATO members in favor of Ukraine’s membership in the alliance and has reservations about the risks involved, Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon said on Tuesday (4 October).
On Friday, Ukraine applied for NATO membership and asked for an accelerated procedure, which is currently not possible within the framework of the accession procedures. Nine countries, mainly from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, signed a statement of support for the motion, but Ljubljana was not among the signatories.
«Should NATO make the decision to admit Ukraine as a member, this could be a clear declaration of the start of the warMs. Fajon spoke about Slovenia’s potential support for Ukraine’s NATO membership bid.
She added that the war in Ukraine is escalating amid fears that Russia is using nuclear weapons. “This escalation and with it Ukraine’s application for membership and Ukraine’s NATO membership negotiations give cause for great concern.“, She said.
Should NATO consider admitting Ukraine, this would be a significant security risk. Ms Fajon therefore believes that there is a serious discussion in the country about “the result of such a situationas Slovenia favors a policy of peace and dialogue and any such decision leads to an escalation.
When asked if there were ongoing talks in Slovenia on the issue, Ms Fajon replied that talks between government and parliament were indeed taking place and that foreign policy actors “are meeting this week to discuss various issues related to Russia and the escalation of the war in Ukraine».
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