Fighter jet coalition and the prospects of joining NATO: Zelenskyy holds talks in Moldova with Sandu and the prime ministers of Albania and Macedonia
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Moldova for the Summit of the European Political Community. During a series of bilateral meetings, the Head of State discussed the issue of increasing military support for Ukraine, as well as the prospects of Ukraine's accession to NATO.
According to the president, the Ukrainian delegation will work with many European politicians during the summit of the European Political Community. Zelenskyy posted this on his Telegram account (scroll to the bottom of the page to see photos and videos).
He also added that many bilateral meetings are planned in Moldova. The president announced that the issue of developing a fighter jet coalition would be raised during the talks. Moreover, the head of state said that Ukraine proposes to create a coalition of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems capable of shooting down enemy aircraft and ballistic missiles.
Other topics of talks during the summit will be Ukraine's future in the European Union and NATO, as well as the implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu said on Twitter that the summit of the European Political Community joins efforts to discuss peace and security, energy sustainability, and measures to combat climate change in Europe. According to her, Moldova is using this opportunity to strengthen the continent's security, stability and prosperity.
Speaking to journalists, Zelenskyy said that he was going to discuss with partners the creation of a coalition of Patriot air defence systems to purchase and supply these air defence systems to Ukraine.
The head of state also thanked Moldova for sheltering many Ukrainian refugees at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. According to Zelenskyy, Moldova and Ukraine are not only neighbours but also reliable partners. The President stressed that the countries will continue to strengthen cooperation and will work together to counter the challenges posed by Russia.
When asked by journalists when he thought the war would end, Zelenskyy said that it would be when Ukraine won. He added that the terrorist country Russia could stop the war earlier if it withdrew from the occupied territories.
The President's Office said that on the sidelines of the second summit of the European Political Community, Zelenskyy had already held a joint meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski. The President thanked the leaders of the Balkan countries for their consistent comprehensive support for Ukraine and practical assistance in the fight against Russian aggression, as well as in the implementation of our country's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Zelenskyy paid special attention to the expected results of the NATO Summit in Vilnius. He emphasised the need for NATO member states to define a clear algorithm for Ukraine's movement towards NATO membership.
The President also informed foreign leaders about Ukraine's active work on the path to EU membership. He noted the progress in the implementation of seven recommendations of the European Commission that should allow to start negotiations on accession to the EU this year.
The Head of State expressed hope for the active participation of Albania and North Macedonia in the practical implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula as a single peace plan capable of ensuring a just and stable peace in Ukraine and Europe.
In total, the summit will be attended by about 50 presidents, prime ministers and high-ranking European officials. It is noteworthy that Ukrainian President Maia Sandu was the first to be greeted by Maia Sandu at Mimi Castle in the village of Bulboaca, approximately 35 kilometres from Chisinau.
The president attended the opening of the second meeting of the European Political Community. The Ukrainian head of state has also held a number of bilateral talks, including with representatives of Albania, North Macedonia, and the leadership of the European Union.
During his speech, Zelenskyy called on European countries to reject any doubts in the fight against aggression and Russian evil. The Head of State stressed that every doubt in Europe is a trench that Russia will definitely try to occupy.
"Since February 24 last year, the security borders in Europe have been literally the borders of our determination, our ability to act together for the sake of the interests of our peoples and the whole of Europe. To the extent that we can reject doubts, we can reject the evil of aggression," the President said.
According to NewsMaker, security measures have been significantly strengthened in Moldova during the summit of the European Political Community. The territory is patrolled by law enforcement agencies, and NATO aircraft will control the airspace of Moldova during the summit, which will be attended by about 50 heads of state and European leaders. The Alliance said that NATO aircraft can detect planes, missiles and drones from hundreds of kilometres away, making them an important early warning tool.
Later, Zelenskyy said that during a meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, he noted the recent transfer of long-range Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine.
"This is exactly the weapon we need today. It helps us to win. He informed about the situation at the frontline. To protect the population and civilian infrastructure, it is necessary to create an air shield over Ukrainian cities. We discussed Ukraine's expectations from the NATO Summit in Vilnius. It is important for Ukraine to receive a clear signal about the prospects of membership in the Alliance, which will become another motivating factor for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the entire Ukrainian people," Zelenskyy said.
He thanked the United Kingdom and Sunak for their assistance to Ukraine and leadership in creating a tank and air coalition. In particular, the readiness to start training Ukrainian pilots.
"We agreed to continue working on an official decision to create a coalition of combat aircraft of the 'Heavenly Shield of Ukraine' at the next meeting in the Ramstein format after future consultations with the American side," Zelenskyy said.
As a reminder, Moldovan President Maia Sandu is in favour of her country becoming part of the European Union as soon as possible, given the threat from Russia. The politician hopes for a decision to start negotiations in the coming months.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote:
- Earlier, Sandu said that the Russian Federation could have attacked her country after the seizure of Ukraine. According to her, Moldova is now safe only thanks to the resilience of the Ukrainian people.
- Sandu acknowledged that today her country is actually being defended by the Ukrainian army, not by its neutral status.
- Back in April, Moldova agreed to join a group to create a special tribunal for Russia for the aggressor country's crimes against Ukraine