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Ukraine hopes to join NATO summit in Madrid next year, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The president expects the Alliance to reveal the actual date of granting Ukraine the full-fledged membership
20:48, 21 December 2021

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claims that the Ukrainian side hopes to join the NATO summit in Madrid in 2022. The politician told that to the press during the conference of Ukraine's ambassadors held at the Syniohora state residence.

The president said he hopes the Alliance will reveal the actual date of granting the full-fledged membership for Ukraine.

"As for the membership in the Alliance... we believe, at least, we set such a goal, and dicsussed it with Secretary General and some leaders at the summit in Madrid, at the NATO summit in 2022", he said. "To us, it's crucial to make sure we're present [at the summit], one way or another, and it's also crucial to see to it that we have certain perspective, a certain date of when they see us as a full-fledged member of the Alliance", Zelensky said.

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As it was reported, in early December Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia intends to seek "reliable and long-term security guarantees" and in negotiations with the United States and its allies will" insist on the elaboration of specific agreements, excluding any NATO advance to the east."

Recently, Russia released a list of security proposals that it wishes to discuss with Western countries. These included NATO's pledge to abandon all military activities in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

On December 20, the Russian Federation demanded an urgent response from the United States to the proposal on "security guarantees", including the NATO's refusal from any expansion to the east.

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