"13 years after the Bucharest NATO summit, the period of uncertainty must end and the implementation of confirmation of the political decision on Ukraine's future membership in NATO should begin. We will continue to do our best to accelerate reforms in Ukraine, including through annual national programs. But today we would like to receive a list of reforms, the implementation of which will allow Ukraine to move to the next step - to integration with the alliance, "Zelensky said.
He emphasized that Ukraine wants to agree on criteria with the Alliance, specific markers, by which it will further assess the success of reforms and readiness for membership.
"I know that the idea of holding a NATO summit in Vilnius in 2023 is being discussed, we will only welcome it if Lithuania hosts the event and NATO countries demonstrate something new about Ukraine within the framework of this event," the head of state added.
Earlier, Zelensky said that NATO keeps Ukraine at a distance, and the Ukrainian partially to blame for it.
In June, Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov believes that Germany and France should bear responsibility for the occupation of Crimea because they refused Ukraine and Georgia to join the Membership Action Plan in 2008.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba later criticized NATO for failing to implement the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision to grant Ukraine membership in the Alliance.