Zelensky on Ukraine's accession to NATO: it will be when it will be safe on our land
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said when Ukraine will become a full member of NATO. This will happen after a number of mandatory conditions are met.
One of them is Ukraine's victory in the war with Russia. Zelensky said this during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Vilnius.
"Ukraine realizes that it cannot be a member of NATO while there is a war. We have met with many people today, Ukraine will be a NATO member when the conditions are really appropriate. I mean by this that when it will be safe on our land," - said the head of state.
At the same time, Zelensky expressed disappointment that Ukraine did not receive an invitation to NATO at the current summit in Vilnius, because it would have been a very important and symbolic gesture on the part of partners.
"As for the invitation. I understand that this is a technical signal. But if we look at it as a serious factor of motivation of Ukrainian society, then for me, as a president, it was a very important moment," he emphasized.
Stoltenberg, in turn, named the key condition for inviting Ukraine to the Alliance. He assured that Ukraine would be part of the North Atlantic Alliance. The official invitation will come after the country meets all the conditions and this is recognized by all NATO allies.
According to Stoltenberg, Ukraine is now closer to the alliance than ever before. However, our country will not join NATO until the war unleashed by the Russian Federation is over.
We will remind, July 12 in Vilnius is the second day of the NATO summit. Zelensky started it with negotiations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as well as with the leaders of a number of other partners of our state.
A number of important agreements have been reached.
Back in the morning, the head of state emphasized that he had come to the NATO summit for three things: security guarantees, an invitation to the alliance and weapons. Moreover, the latter is now Ukraine's number one priority.