Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday took a dig at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and said it is high time now that the alliance “accept Ukraine” membership or openly announce that it was “scared of Russia”.
“NATO should either say now that they are accepting us, or openly say that they are not accepting us as they are scared of Russia, which is true,” Zelenskyy said in an interview to Suspilne, a Ukrainian public broadcaster, as reported by The Kyiv Independent.
“And then, we need to calm down and say, okay, NATO member countries can provide us security guarantees without us being in NATO. That’s where the compromise exists, that’s where the end of the war is,” Zelenskyy said further.
Experts cite Ukraine’s ambition to be a NATO member as one of the factors which led to Russian President Vladimir Putin giving a go ahead to the ongoing invasion. However, in recent days, Zelenskyy seems to have accepted his country will not be a member of the military alliance.
On February 24, Russia began a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics requested help in defending themselves. (ANI)
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