Kazakhstan, Astana, 11 April / corr. Trend K. Konirova/ Georgia and Ukraine may be admitted into NATO membership even though Russia opposes it, said Robert Simmons, the NATO special envoy in Central Asia and Caucasus.
" Russia protested against the admitting Poland, Czechia and Hungary into NATO as well and the enlargement of the Alliance into the Balkan Peninsula. But, these countries became NATO member states," he said.
Simmons stated that granting of NATO membership depends on the decision of Alliance member states and not on the decision of any other country.
As to the NATO-Russia relations after Georgia and Ukraine's admission into the Alliance, he said that there have been both ascents and falls in NATO-Russia relations. "There are disagreements not only regarding enlargement, but also missile shield, but Russia-NATO Council still exits where we discuss all our problems in detail" he said.