Ukrainian and Czech leaders sign declaration on Kyiv’s NATO aspirations

1 November 2022, 01:49 AM
With the signing of the document, the Czech Republic supports the prospect of Ukraine's accession to NATO (Photo:Press service of the President of Ukraine)

With the signing of the document, the Czech Republic supports the prospect of Ukraine's accession to NATO (Photo:Press service of the President of Ukraine)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, signed a joint declaration, affirming Ukraine’s NATO membership aspirations, Zelenskyy’s press office reported on Oct. 31.

The document was signed during Fiala’s visit to Ukraine, and defines key areas of cooperation between the two countries, focused on Ukraine's strategic goal of joining NATO.

In the declaration, the Czech Republic also expressed support of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity – within its internationally recognized borders, in addition to endorsing NATO’s “open door” policy towards potential additions to the alliance.

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The document explicitly outlined Prague's intention to continue providing military, technical, defense, and humanitarian support to Ukraine.

“We have signed this declaration, which will strengthen cooperation in order to propagate NATO (military) standards in Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said.

“The Czech Republic confirmed that it supports our state becoming a full member of the alliance, as soon as conditions would allow it.”

The president also said that Kyiv will continue to work on signing similar declarations with other NATO member states.

In a document signed by Ukraine’s president, PM, and head of parliament on Sept. 30, Kyiv has formally applied for NATO membership under an “expedited” procedure. Ukrainian officials later said the application was submitted following consultations with alliance members.

On Oct. 2, nine NATO members – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia – called for “a significant increase in military assistance to Ukraine,” and supported its membership in the alliance.

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