Caught on video: Zelensky’s unexpected message to NATO could alter Ukraine’s fate
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called upon his Western allies to provide a definitive sign concerning Ukraine’s hopes for NATO membership.
Zelensky used a video message on Telegram to communicate this, emphasizing the urgent need for confirmation despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
He argued that the majority of the alliance is already on Ukraine’s side and that his country deserves to be a part of NATO.
Zelensky had previously stated during a membership application that Ukraine is de facto a part of the alliance, sharing its weapons and values. He expects these sentiments to be acknowledged at the upcoming NATO summit. The summit, scheduled for 11-12 July in Vilnius, Lithuania, will also involve discussions on additional military aid to Ukraine in its clash with Russia.
The president expressed his optimism about possible positive news concerning armaments for Ukraine’s forces. Zelensky’s push for NATO membership received support from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a recent visit to Turkey.
The White House, however, has communicated that discussions regarding the conditions for Ukraine’s NATO qualification will be held, but no immediate decision on membership will be taken at the summit. It was highlighted that Ukraine needs to carry out further reforms to reach NATO standards.
Zelensky, ahead of the pivotal NATO summit, also visited the Czech Republic, emphasizing the need for honesty in Ukraine’s dealings with NATO. Despite slow progress in Ukraine’s counteroffensive, Zelensky asserted the country’s forward momentum in contrast to the Russian retreat.