US supports Ukraine in terms of NATO aspirations, - Psaki

Source : 112 Ukraine

The White House admits, however, that it's up to the Alliance to decide on the membership
13:27, 7 April 2021

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Press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki admitted that Ukraine has sought NATO membership for a while now. She said that the U.S. government discusses these inspiration with Ukraine. Psaki said so on April 7 as quoted by Reuters.

"We definitely support them, we support [Ukrainians]... but this decision is up to NATO", Psaki said.

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The statement was the White House's response to the question about the NATO permanent membership for Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelensky raised the issue in the dialogue with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on April 6. "I am glad to hear that NATO's door is open for Ukraine. Thank you for personally supporting us in our aspirations to achieve NATO membership. Our nearest goal is the MAP. We are serious about reform, as it is first and foremost the strengthening of our defense sector," Zelensky said.

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The head of the state also stressed the importance of cooperation with NATO to ensure security in the Black Sea. He spoke in support of expanding the Alliance's activities in the Black Sea region and noted that Ukraine was interested in increasing the presence of NATO forces in the Black Sea.

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