President Zelensky asked NATO to quickly admit Ukraine after signing an application to join the US-led military alliance.
“We have proven our ability to meet the standards of the alliance. We take the decisive step with the signing of the application for rapid accession to NATO,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on 30. /9 said.
The statement was made by Zelensky after President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia annexed four provinces of Donetsk, Lugasnk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in eastern and southern Ukraine. Putin then signed a merger agreement with pro-Russian leaders in these provinces, and urged Ukraine to stop its military activities and return to the negotiating table.
However, Mr. Zelensky refused to negotiate with Russia while President Putin was in office. “Ukraine will not hold any negotiations while Putin is still the President of the Russian Federation. We will negotiate with the new president,” Zelensky said.
Russia has not commented on the Ukrainian president’s statement.
Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership is one of the reasons for its current conflict with neighboring Russia. Ukraine included this goal in its 2019 constitution, despite Russia’s warnings that NATO’s ability to deploy forces and weapons on its borders would constitute an unacceptable security threat.
Before launching the military operation in February, Russia accused the West of ignoring legitimate concerns about its security, which NATO denied.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned on September 14 that Russia would increase the intensity of its operation in Ukraine if it signed a security agreement with the United States and the West, a document that Moscow assessed “shows that there is still room for improvement.” possibility of Ukraine joining NATO”.
Nguyen Tien (Theo AFP)