KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine is making use of for “accelerated ascension” into NATO, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Friday, in an obvious reply to Russia’s transfer to illegally annex 4 of the nation’s partially occupied areas.
The remarks had been extra symbolic than sensible: The speedy admittance of Ukraine to the alliance would require members to right away ship troops to battle Russia, beneath collective protection obligations.
Ukraine has lengthy sought NATO membership, however Zelensky conceded in March that Ukraine needed to settle for that it was not going to be accepted into the Western navy alliance, regardless of receiving safety help from international locations in it.
“De facto, we have already made our way to NATO,” Zelensky stated in a Telegram assertion. “De facto, we have already proven compatibility with Alliance standards. They are real for 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.”
In observe, the probabilities of Ukraine becoming a member of NATO have solely grown slimmer in the midst of the Russian invasion. Member international locations, together with the United States, have drawn clear strains: They arm Ukraine, however they don’t have their very own troops on the bottom out of concern for triggering a World War.
Just an hour earlier than Zelensky’s announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced Moscow’s unlawful annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas, which Russian forces have partially occupied. At the time of Putin’s speech, Zelensky was assembly together with his National Security Council. “There will be no negotiations with Russia while Putin is the president,” Andriy Yermak, Zelensky’s chief of workers, stated on Telegram. “We are moving forward. To victory.”