Russia has praised Ukraine the status of a NATO partner

Russian politicians and experts commented on the acquisition by Ukraine of the status of the partner advanced capabilities of NATO.

Earlier, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said about getting a new status. He thanked the Alliance and reminded that Ukraine has filed an application for participation in the program extended features NATO at the beginning of the year.

As told to Senator Oleg Morozov, the status of the partner advanced capabilities, NATO will not give Ukraine nothing, neither in economic terms nor in terms of security.

"For NATO, it is a nice gesture without any commitments," the MP stated to RIA Novosti.

He stressed that the settlement in the Donbass does not depend on the position of NATO and called any hope of Kiev to the aid of the Alliance is "absolutely empty."

"For Ukraine it is only an occasion to declare her love for the ocean, and try to capitalize on this position through money, weapons and political support", — said the Senator.

The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov told RIA Novosti that the status of the partner advanced features does not mean the country's membership in NATO, and it basically means the increased interaction at the Advisory level.

"But, nevertheless, the political decision indicating a clear trend of further retraction of Ukraine in anti-Russian schemes", — said Novikov.

He added that the new status does not involve a military contingent of NATO in Ukraine, but is a step in this direction.

The Deputy noted that instability and flashpoints of confrontation in the country are an obstacle to inclusion in NATO, but in practice the Alliance has deviated from statutory norms.

"And if you need to formalize this practice with new documents, it will be easily done," said Novikov.

He stressed that Russia now face issues of strengthening its own security, which can be solved thanks to the efficient economy: research, development of modern technologies and re-equipment.

"In short, there is a lot of work to provide prophylaxis any threats, including those that primarily come from NATO", — concluded the MP.

Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Vladimir Zharikhin, in turn, believes that NATO's decision was needed to move on the territory of Ukraine military infrastructure of the Alliance. The very same country the organization will not accept.

"In NATO Ukraine will not accept for the reason that then we have to make commitments in relation to Ukraine in the framework of the fifth paragraph of the NATO Treaty," said Zharikhin RIA Novosti.

According to experts, the new status of "privileged friend" will not benefit Ukraine.

"They will cheat and say that they are not what on the brink, and already in the hall of NATO, but there they will keep forever," he explained.

At the end of 2014, the Verkhovna Rada amended the two laws, which Ukraine lost its non-aligned status of the state. Two years later, were adopted additional changes that define membership in NATO foreign policy goal of the country.

According to the program of the Ukrainian government, the country will continue to adhere to the course towards integration with the EU countries and NATO. However, the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier that the entry for Kiev will require to reach a number of criteria, the implementation of which will take a lot of time.

Experts believe that Ukraine will not be able to apply for membership in the Alliance in the next 20 years.