NATO has added Ukraine as a candidate member of the military alliance. In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have also shown their intentions to join NATO. In an article on the NATO website, we read the following statement:
“NATO’s door remains open to any European country in a position to undertake the commitments and obligations of membership, and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area. Since 1949, NATO’s membership has increased from 12 to 29 countries through seven rounds of enlargement. Currently, four partner countries have declared their aspirations to NATO membership: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Ukraine.”
The aspirant members will be invited to participate in the Membership Action Plan (MAP) to prepare for a potential membership. In doing so, they must show that they can meet all obligations and that they will commit to the agreements set out in the treaty concluded in April 1949 in Washington. In addition, the prospective members must meet various political, economic and military criteria that were laid down in 1995.