He expressed this opinion during a conversation with the British newspaper Financial Times. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer served as Secretary General of NATO from 2004 to 2009. In an interview, he commented on the aftermath of the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest, which decided whether Ukraine and Georgia would become NATO members.
“In the foreseeable and indefinite future they will not become a member of NATO. In my opinion, everyone who was present in Bucharest knew about it”, - said Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
According to TASS, he also added that during the summit it was impossible to give any guarantees of Ukraine's entry into the organization.
“Looking back, it would have been preferable for NATO to reaffirm the open door policy. But it’s easy to talk now”, - said the former secretary general of the alliance.
Meanwhile, already this year, Kiev intends to receive clear answers on the timing of Ukraine's entry into NATO, as stated by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On January 12, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's entry into the Alliance, and the expansion of the organization should be understood not as aggression, but as "the spread of democracy".