When asked why the topic of NATO constantly provokes a sharp reaction from the Russian authorities, Zelensky answered:
"In my opinion, it is like constantly talking about the old childhood fear that someone terrible will come out of the closet at night and scare you. But there is no one in the closet. It's just a closet."
Ukrainian president noted that there is no doubt that the topic of Ukraine's integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic community is a great concern to Russia.
"By the way, it looks like an obsession. But objectively speaking, all the formats of training that take place with the participation of our partners are not developed today or yesterday. For example, the Sea Breeze drills is held since 1997. Is it relevant to use the term "military development" here? It is very strange, " he said.
According to Zelensky, Ukraine, like any sovereign state, independently chooses how to ensure the realization of its own national interests. Especially in terms of security.
"There is nothing to doubt here. Maybe someone is used to how different it was before. But I will repeat the key point: the subjectivity of the state, and Ukraine is definitely a subject of global policy, is determined by a clear understanding of its interests and needs and an active position to defend these interests," the head of state added.
Earlier, Zelensky said that Ukraine's NATO Membership Action Plan should not be discussed with Russia.
Kremlin said that Ukraine's membership in NATO will be the "red line."