Ukraine should not "ask" for an invitation to NATO: Zelensky

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Canan Kevser
16 June 2021, 10:
Canan Kevser
16 June 2021, 10:

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Ukraine should be invited by NATO rather than asking for membership from the Alliance.

His statement came during a press conference at the all-Ukrainian forum "Ukraine 30: Economy without Oligarchs" held in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"We need to be invited [to NATO]. I think we should not ask [for a membership]. The attitude that we choose today is welcoming guests, not just passing some laws, hang up posters or communicate through the media. I believe that we have a distinct policy, which is convenient," he said.

The president added that not everyone pleased by Ukraine's position and the support it receives from the European Union.

"We deserve to be a member of the Alliance, if the Alliance sees Ukraine among NATO members of the same level, at the same table. I believe this is the right decision [to admit Ukraine to NATO]. I believe that Ukraine truly deserves to receive membership to become one of the most powerful countries in NATO," Zelensky emphasised.

He also expressed his confidence in the U.S. support for Ukraine ahead of the meeting of American and Russian presidents.