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Ukraine was offered to join the North Atlantic Alliance “in exchange for abandoning” Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts.
This is reported by Russian media with reference to former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Rasmussen did advocate the earliest possible accession of Ukraine to NATO without the occupied territories. However, he did not talk about “membership in the Alliance in exchange for giving up territories,” StopFake journalists noted.
The former NATO Secretary General believes that in the case of rapid accession to the Alliance, the territories controlled by the Government of Ukraine will be covered by Article 5 of the NATO Charter on collective defence. Then Ukraine will be able to release additional defence forces and send them to de-occupy the currently occupied regions.
Rasmussen also recalled that when West Germany joined NATO after World War II in 1955, Article 5 on collective defence extended to its territory. It did not apply to the territory of East Germany, which was under the occupation of the USSR.
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