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Zelenskyy says Ukraine will be able to become a NATO member only after winning the war

Zelenskyy and Stoltenberg at the National Defense University. Source: Office of the President of Ukraine

Ukraine will become a full member of the North Atlantic Alliance. However, this will happen only after our country wins the war against the Russian Federation.

The issue of Ukraine's accession to NATO is purely political. No one questions the fact that the Ukrainian military is highly qualified. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a meeting with officers undergoing NATO-standard training courses.

The Head of State shared his doubts that Ukraine would be able to become a NATO member during the war with the military. Zelenskyy emphasized that this is due to the fact that some members of the alliance are skeptical or afraid of the possible risks of such an expansion of the defense bloc.

"And of course, no one will raise the issue of compatibility or of its military level when Ukraine is going through a full-scale war. Of course, these are high-level specialists in various fields," the president said.

Zelenskyy is convinced that, for political reasons, Ukraine will be able to become a NATO member only after winning the war with Russia.

And the Russian invasion itself, according to the president, became possible only because Ukraine had not joined NATO before. Back then, some member states of the bloc were skeptical about Ukraine's integration, while the enemy continued to work with Kyiv's current partners.

"They had a dialog. It (Russia - Ed.) did everything to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, the EU, to prevent Ukraine from developing, to prevent it from being cut off from Russia's influence. Therefore, in order to break away from this influence, we need to defend our independence and win," Zelenskyy emphasized.

As reported earlier, Zelenskyy and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with officers who are taking military education courses according to NATO standards. The meeting took place at the National Defense University in Kyiv.

"We discussed various topics. Thanks to the support of our partners, our military are mastering modern Western weapons and sharing our experience in protecting lives in modern warfare. The security that Ukraine is fighting for will definitely become common to the whole of Europe when the actual reality is recognized de jure, namely when Ukraine joins the Alliance," Zelenskyy said.

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