Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed in remarks published early Thursday an NATO summit It created for Ukraine a security foundation that had not been achieved before and put it on the path towards joining the alliance.
“This is very important. For the first time since our independence, there is a security basis for Ukraine’s bid to join the alliance,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.
“These are tangible security guarantees confirmed by the seven largest democracies in the world. We have never had such a security base and it is at the level of the Group of Seven,” he added.
Zelensky also reaffirmed statements he made at the Lithuania summit, in which he said, “We have removed any doubts or ambiguities about whether Ukraine will join the alliance or not. It will join.”
Provide long-term protection
Member states of the world’s most powerful military bloc offered up the possibility of long-term protection for Ukraine, a day after the president’s denunciation
The Ukrainian refused to extend an invitation to his country to join the alliance or provide a timetable for that, describing the refusal as “absurd.”
Ukraine has been pushing to accelerate its accession to the alliance since the Russian military operation that began in February 2022.
Instead, the Group of Seven major industrialized nations announced a framework for bilateral negotiations to provide military and financial support as well as intelligence and pledged to take immediate steps if Russia attacks Ukraine again.
The G7 includes the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Britain, France, Germany and the United States have been negotiating with Kiev for weeks over a broad international framework for support, which includes modern advanced military equipment such as combat aircraft, training, intelligence exchange, and electronic defense.
In return, Ukraine pledges good governance, which includes judicial and economic reforms and increased transparency.
Also on Wednesday, the first session of the new NATO-Ukraine Council was held, a new format designed to deepen cooperation between Kiev and the 31-nation alliance.
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