Kiev has been trying to join the US-led alliance for several years, but Western officials have repeatedly stated that membership is not expected anytime soon, causing discontent in Ukraine.
“We cannot accept the theory that is very popular today about the European Union (EU) for 30 years and NATO for about 50 years. It demotivates and slows us down, ”he said.
Ukraine wants to get “a very clear timetable” from NATO for the prospect of accession.
“And we want it in 2022,” said Zelenskyi.
Ukraine wants to recover from the Russian-occupied and annexed Crimea and “achieve EU membership in the coming years,” said the president.
The USA and Western countries assume that Russia could prepare an attack on Ukraine and has therefore concentrated around 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border.
Biden’s phone conversation with Zelensky claims that joining NATO is only in Ukraine’s own hands
PHOTO: Zelenski is guarded by important forces during his speech – a protest is taking place nearby
Zelenskyj calls for direct talks with Russia to end the war in Donbass
Russia rejects allegations of a possible invasion of Ukraine by its troops. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow is taking a defensive stance because it is feared that Kiev will come too close to NATO.
At a video summit on December 7, US President Joe Biden warned Putin that the US would impose unprecedented sanctions against Russia if it attacked Ukraine.
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