Kiev.- President Volodymyr Zelensky announced this Friday that Ukraine was going to sign an application for accelerated accession to NATOMinutes after Russia formalized the merger of four Ukrainian regions.
“We took a decisive step by signing the candidature of Ukraine with a view to accelerated accession to NATO”Zelensky said in a video posted on social media.
In his opinion, Ukraine has already shown that it is fully compatible with the standards established by NATO for its expansion, after months of mutual cooperation. “We are already real allies”He indicated. “In fact, we have already demonstrated compatibility with Alliance standards.”
The Ukrainian President made the announcement shortly after the signature of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Merger treaties of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and ZaporizhiaFour military-occupied territories in eastern Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine also assured that Will not negotiate with Russia while Vladimir Putin is in powerShortly afterwards the Russian president called on Ukraine to end hostilities.
“Ukraine will not negotiate with Russia as long as Putin is the President of the Russian Federation. We will hold talks with the new president.”Zelensky said.
Before Russia sent its armed forces to Ukraine in February, Moscow sought a legally binding guarantee that Ukraine would never be admitted to NATO. The organization constitutes a system of collective defense, in which Member States agreed to defend any of their members who have been attacked by an outside power. It has been claimed that Russia used this as an excuse, among others, to launch its so-called special military campaign.
The capture of 15% of Ukrainian territory is a turning point in the conflict And in recent Soviet history. In his speech to the Russian political elite, Putin showed himself, warning that the decision was irreversible and urging the Ukrainian military to lay down its arms and hold talks.
in a crowded room, The people gathered in the Kremlin said in one voice “Russia! Russia!”, After ratification of the agreement by the four leaders. Putin shook hands with them and was seen on public television shouting with the crowd.
AFP and DPA Agencies