Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced, on Friday, the absence of a unified position within NATO on the issue of the accession of Sweden and Ukraine, warning that this constitutes a “threat” to global security.
“Threat to Alliance Power”
“I think there is not enough unity of position on this issue, and this poses a threat to the strength of the alliance,” Zelensky said during a visit to Slovakia, adding that “this is extremely important for the security of the whole world.”
He also stressed, “We expect unity from the alliance, because its strength lies in its unity.”
While he added that Russia is counting on “the weakness and division of the alliance,” which “cannot be allowed.”
He also called for new military assistance programs for Ukraine, adding, “Not just promises, but specific time benefits.”
A few days before the NATO summit, Tuesday and Wednesday, in Vilnius, he called for “security guarantees for Ukraine.”
And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced, on Friday, that the leaders of the 31 NATO countries “will reaffirm that Ukraine will become a member of NATO, and they will unite on a way to bring Ukraine closer to its goal,” without clarifying the formula that will be agreed upon.
“defining a common position”
The allies are working to define a common position on the security guarantees that should be given to Kiev and to invite Ukraine to join the alliance in the future.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed, on Friday, that he had taken the “best decision” regarding Sweden’s membership in NATO, at a time when Ankara has been blocking this country’s accession to NATO since May 2022, accusing it of harboring Kurdish fighters on its soil.
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