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Zelenskyy explains how he sees conditions for Ukraine's accession to NATO

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 13:49

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that the conditions for Ukraine's accession to NATO put forward by the Allies at the summit primarily concern security. 

Source: Zelenskyy stated this at a press conference in Brussels following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Details: Commenting on NATO's decision that the invitation to join will come only after "conditions are met", Zelenskyy assured those present that he has his own understanding of when this will happen.


Quote: "I understand [it will happen] when the security measures allow," he said.

Up to now, representatives of the Alliance’s member states have expressed a different vision and also insisted on reform requirements. Germany has also stated the need for Ukraine to fulfil its obligations, despite Zelenskyy's displeasure.

Commenting on the difference in attitude, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine and NATO states see reality differently.


"We are at war, and [our] partners want to help us, and they are helping us. But we have different attitudes – our partners are helping us to live, and we are at war, and we need to survive," he explained.

Zelenskyy also expressed regret that the Alliance did not officially invite Ukraine to become a member. "I understand that this is a technical signal. But for me it was a very important moment. I compare this to the European Union [membership] candidacy. That was also a signal. Candidacy is not membership, but candidacy shows a choice [has been made]," the president said.

Earlier, as reported by European Pravda, Zelenskyy radically changed his opinion of NATO's decision on Ukraine and, instead of criticising it as he did before, he has begun to support it.

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