Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the "Radical Party" Yuri Chizhmar, speaking at the debates in the program "People against" on the TV channel ZIK, said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to blame for the situation with the Crimea and the Donbas.
According to him, in 2008, in Bucharest, Merkel "in favor of Putin's Russia" did not allow Ukraine to join the MAP (Action Plan for NATO membership).
The deputy believes that if Merkel had allowed consideration of the issue of Ukraine’s entry into NATO, the war in Donbass would not have started and Crimea would not have become part of Russia. “If we had him then, today, perhaps, there would be no Donbass and Crimea, so we have a lot of questions about it,” he said.
In August, at a meeting with students of Tbilisi State University, Angela Merkel stated that the European Union and NATO are not enemies of Russia, and Moscow "must understand this." As explained by the Chancellor, in Berlin they want to have good relations with both Georgia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, and with Russia. She also stressed that Europe and Russia "have learned a lot from each other."
The NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) is a program to admit new members to the alliance. Now Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are participating in the program. Georgia also expresses its desire to join this program. In 2008, the Ukrainian leadership sent a letter to Brussels to include Ukraine in the program, but in 2010, President Viktor Yanukovych abolished the inter-ministerial commission on preparing the country for NATO membership and the national center for Euro-Atlantic integration. Last June, the Verkhovna Rada proclaimed Ukraine’s goal of joining NATO.