Ukraine needs security guarantees before joining NATO, Zelenskyy says
Flags of Ukraine and NATO (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)
Ukraine needs security guarantees from NATO member states while the country is still yet to join the alliance, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on March 10.
"We need strategic security guarantees," Zelenskyy said at a joint press briefing with Finnish PM Sanna Marin.
“And even if we cannot be in NATO during the war, we would like to have appropriate security guarantees on the way, while we are not yet in NATO.”
He noted that these are the steps he expects from NATO member states at the summit in Vilnius, to which Ukraine has also been invited.
"Regarding the NATO summit in Vilnius: yes, we were invited, but we would like to see some appropriate forward steps, in addition to the status that we have in our relations with NATO today," added Zelenskyy.
“And it is precisely the appropriate reciprocal steps by NATO member states towards Ukraine and guarantees of its security that we expect at this Vilnius summit. We will work on this.”
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready to see Ukraine in its ranks, but first it must win the war started by Russia.
In February, Zelenskyy predicted that Ukraine would join NATO after the war with Russia ends.
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