Ukraine, Kiev / corr. Trend Z. Novosvitski/ The entry of Ukraine to NATO does not pose threat to its sovereignty; on the contrary it will strengthen it. Grigory Perepelisa, the director of the Foreign Policy Institute of the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said to Trend commenting on the statement of Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's permanent representative at NATO, which says that by entering NATO Ukraine will lose its neutral and independent state and part of its sovereignty as well.
"The countries join NATO to strengthen and secure its sovereignty," said Peepelisa. "NATO is an international organization and does not infringe on the sovereignty of its members," he said.
Ukraine can lose its sovereignty only in case it joins the geopolitical alliances with Russia, for instance, Common Economic Space, Eurasian Union and others, the expert said.
" Ukraine has never been neutral, because there are military basis of Russia in Ukraine's territory. If Ukraine were neutral, then Russia would have withdrawn its Black Sea fleet from Ukraine's territory and stopped the exploitation of the other military establishments," Perepelisa said.
In the early 2008 Victor Yushenko, the President of Ukraine, Yuli Timoshenko, the prime minister and Arseni Yasenyuk, the speaker of the parliament wrote a letter to Yap de Hoop Seffer, the general secretary of NATO expressing their hope that Ukraine would join the action plan concerning the membership to the alliance in the summit to be held in April 2008.