Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said his country “must admit” that it cannot be a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Speaking during a video conference with the UK-led joint expeditionary force on Tuesday, Zelenskyy said it is a truth that must be recognised by the Ukrainian people.
“Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand that. We have heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we could not join. It’s a truth and it must be recognised,” Zelensky said.
“I am glad that our people are beginning to understand this and rely on themselves and the partners who are helping us.”
“It is clear that Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand that. We are adequate people,” Zelenskyy said in a meeting with leaders of the Joint Expeditionary Force.
“For years, we have heard about the supposedly open door, but we have also heard that we should not enter, and this is true and we must admit it,” he said of Ukraine’s attempts to join NATO, which started as early as 2008.
But Zelenskyy added that security guarantees from NATO allies would be necessary to keep Ukraine safe amid Russia’s invasion of the Eastern European country.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine destroyed everything that security in our region, and I am sure international security, was based on,” he said, “the weight of the organizations we all hoped for, the force of international conventions. It has also called into question the world’s most powerful alliance, NATO.”