The political background of granting Kyiv the status of a NATO partner with enhanced capabilities is obvious, this decision, the Alliance encourages destructive course of the Ukrainian authorities. This was stated on Wednesday at a briefing the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

"What would NATO say about the decision, the political background is obvious. In conditions, when Kiev openly sabotaging the implementation of the Minsk agreements, continues to wage war in the Donbass, it is impossible to estimate differently, as targeted promoting such a destructive policy of the Ukrainian authorities," she said.

Zakharov stressed that NATO countries actually demonstrate their lack of interest in resolving domestic conflict. "Otherwise it will be difficult to continue to frighten the inhabitants of the phony Russian threat and to carry out a military pumping the Eastern flank of the Alliance", – said the diplomat.

On Friday in Brussels issued a statement of the official representative of NATO Oana Lungescu about the fact that NATO granted Ukraine the status of a partner with advanced features. This status offered Ukraine greater access to Alliance programme to improve the compatibility of military forces to the NATO exercises, as well as expands the possibilities of information exchange. Meanwhile, stressed the Alliance, the status does not mean no decision on the question of NATO membership. Ukraine has become the sixth partner country of the Alliance, which received this status along with Georgia, Jordan, Australia, Finland and Sweden.