Regarding Ukraine's course for NATO membership, Russia expressed concern and will "take steps to ensure security," according to the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, RBC reports.
“Moscow, traditionally, regards the process of NATO expansion towards our borders with distrust and concern. We believe that this threatens our security and the balance of power in the Eurasian region. Of course, the Russia takes all necessary measures to rebalance the situation and ensure its own security," he said.
According to Peskov, the decision to bring new countries to the Alliance "is taken in Brussels and in those capitals where the overall management of the process is carried out."
According to Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, the decision to join NATO is an independent choice of each state, and no other country, in particular the Russian Federation, can prevent Ukraine from it.
Previously, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy, spoke in favor of the legislative consolidation of Ukraine's membership in NATO as a priority of the state's foreign policy.
Earlier, on June 8, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill No. 6470 on amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding the foreign policy course of Ukraine, in particular, Ukraine's integration into the European political, economic and legal space with the aim of gaining membership in the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic space Security for the purpose of gaining membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.