Can Ukraine Go Without NATO Membership?

March 18, 2022

We need to take a sober look at the real state of affairs today. Ukraine is quite successful in coping with the Russian invasion without being a member of the collective security system. In other words, Ukraine now convincingly answers the above question.

The second point is about realities. For any country, joining NATO means a long procedure. It is primarily about bureaucracy — an invitation, then a plan for greater NATO membership, annual national programmes, and so on. But what if something suddenly changes and Ukraine gets an immediate invitation, and then the next day our flag is raised in Brussels? I would say, yes, it is possible.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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