"Russia should be grateful for Ukraine's accession to NATO": Zelenskyy explains how international security guarantees work. Video
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the terrorist country Russia "should be grateful" for Ukraine's accession to NATO. According to him, if our country becomes a member of the Alliance, Kyiv will not be able to invade Russian territory.
The head of state made this statement in an interview with the Latin American press. The video of the conference was published by the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine on 8 August.
Zelenskyy noted that Ukraine wants to become a NATO member, as this would mean clear security guarantees for a country whose neighbour is Russia. He emphasised that the offensive actions of the Defence Forces are carried out exclusively on Ukrainian territory, and the main goal of these actions is to restore territorial integrity.
"It is Russia that should be grateful if Ukraine is in NATO. That's right! Because it is a security for Russia that Ukraine will never come to its territory in the future. Because NATO countries do not come to the territory of other states... We have never wanted any war. For us, NATO is purely a security guarantee. It is a matter of our defence and peace of mind for our people," the President explained.
He also added that where there is NATO, there is no war.
"That's how we feel about it. Countries joined NATO because they are afraid that the Soviet Union will come back with Putin's feet, hands and temptation," the head of state concluded.
On 13 July, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius, the leaders of the G7 countries agreed on a joint declaration in support of Ukraine with guarantees of our country's security. They provide for a number of bilateral security commitments to Kyiv aimed at "building a Ukraine that can defend its territorial integrity now and in the future".
The full text of the declaration is published on the website of the President of Ukraine.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that Ukraine's future lies in NATO, and this is not up for discussion. And although it is impossible to include a country that is waging a domestic war against invaders in the North Atlantic Alliance, the result will be the same.