Not long before the first meeting with US President Joe Biden, head of the Ukrainian state Volodymyr Zelensky expresses his disappointment with NATO's lack of resolution in terms of providing Ukraine with NATO membership. This is mentioned in Zelensky's interview with The Washington Post and other four media outlets.
Besides, the head of the Ukrainian government disagreed with Biden who said that Ukraine yet has to "close books on corruption" before its candidacy for membership will be considered by the NATO.
Zelensky claimed that the ambiguity in terms of Ukraine's NATO membership is “a signal to other countries that you guys are not welcome here, and Russia is just around the corner, increasing its clout.”
According to the President, despite the fact that Russia took part of its troops from the Ukrainian border, it still can increase its military presence in the region anytime.
Zelensky is confident that the NATO membership is the best way to guarantee Ukraine's protection from Russia's new advance. However, it also could provoke Moscow to act; President Vladimir Putin called it a "red line" when discussing the matter at a summit with Biden in Geneva in June.
Biden, in turn, believes that Kyiv still needs to solve the problems of corruption and meet the other criteria of membership in the NATO.
Zelensky seems to be upset by Biden's stance.
“It’s very popular to accuse Ukraine of corruption, and it’s not that I hold these views only since I became president, but I’ve always felt offended by this. Because you know what? No country is free of corruption,” Zelensky said.
Recently, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed that the meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is going to take place in Washington on August 31.