According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine is applying for accelerated NATO membership. This was announced by Zelenskyy on Friday after Russian head of state Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of occupied territories in Ukraine.
"In fact, we have already demonstrated compatibility with Allianz standards," said Zelenskyy. “They are real to Ukraine – real on the battlefield and in all aspects of our interaction. We trust each other, we help each other, and we protect each other. This is the Alliance.”
In his speech, Zelenskyj ruled out negotiations with Moscow. In his speech, Putin called on Ukraine to enter into negotiations. Ukraine is ready for a dialogue with Russia - but only under another Russian president, said Zelenskyj.
Moscow had previously organized mock referendums in the four regions where the people allegedly voted to join Russia. These so-called referenda were also not recognized worldwide and condemned as undemocratic and contrary to international law.
In general, a prerequisite for joining NATO is that the candidate must not be involved in international conflicts and disputes about borders. Ukraine was invaded by Russia on February 24 and has been defending itself against the war of aggression ever since. In addition, Russia annexed the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in the evening after the request for membership from Ukraine: "We have repeatedly stated that NATO's door will remain open." Every democracy in Europe has the right to apply for NATO membership, he emphasized . Allies respect this. However, a decision must be made by consensus among all member states. The current focus is on direct support for Ukraine. "That is the main focus and the main effort of the NATO allies," said Stoltenberg.