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Zelensky: Ukraine's nearest goal is action plan for NATO membership

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky noted the urgency of cooperation with NATO to ensure security in the Black Sea
16:35, 25 February 2021

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Ukraine's immediate goal is to have a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this during a conversation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, as the press service of the Office of the President reports.

"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.

Jens Stoltenberg noted that the draft law on reforming the Security Service of Ukraine (bill On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On the Security Service of Ukraine to improve the organizational and legal framework of the Security Service of Ukraine), which is currently in parliament, will help accelerate the movement towards the Euro-Atlantic path.

Related: Stoltenberg: Ukraine to get closer to NATO’s membership with progress in reforms

Zelensky 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.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine expected to receive NATO Membership Action Plan together with Georgia, as Ukraine's PM noted.

Related: Why is Ukraine still not in NATO?

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