The strategic direction of Ukraine on the membership to NATO remains unchanged. It is the priority of the foreign policy as 112 Ukraine reported citing President Volodymyr Zelensky in Brussels.
“The strategic direction of Ukraine to get the full-fledged membership in NATO, it is evidenced in the Constitution, remains unchanged; it is a priority of our foreign policy. Ukraine aims to achieve high living standards of Ukrainians, root out corruption and modernize the state - it is possible to accomplish only by our national security. We're ready to negotiate with Russia. We are ready to implement the Minsk agreements. However, we must first be able to protect ourselves and to become stronger - in economic, political and military terms. I'm eager to give new impetus of our engagement in the Alliance,” Zelensky noted.
According to him, the key task is to provide the stability and security in the Black Sea region and it demands the additional efforts of the Alliance.
In his turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Ukraine is a valuable partner for NATO.
“Ukraine is a very valuable partner. You make a contribution to our missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, even if you have issues at home. We hold a lot of drills together; it shows a strong commitment of Ukraine to the issue of national security. We also discussed the situation in the east of Ukraine, including the attempts of Russia to provide the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens. It is the recent example of the attempt of Russia to destabilize Eastern Ukraine and it is a step in the wrong direction,” Stoltenberg stated.
As we reported, Zelensky met with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Juncker stated that he has a new friend represented by Zelensky.