Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine should accept that it will not become a member of NATO.
“Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand that. We have heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we could not join. It’s a truth and it must be recognized, and I’m glad that our people are starting to realize that and count on themselves and our partners who are helping us,” Zelensky says during a call with to representatives of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force.
Russia used the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO, a US-led military alliance, as a justification for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. AFP reported.
The remarks also came on the day Kyiv and Moscow resumed talks.
Earlier negotiations held in Belarus were not able to secure a long-lasting ceasefire or a safe passage for civilian evacuation.
Meanwhile, the United States has said that it will continue to assess what other forms of air defence it might be able to provide to Ukraine amid Russia’s military operation, Sputnik reported citing envoy to NATO Julianne Smith.
What are Russia’s demands?
Apart from demanding that Ukraine remains neutral, Russia has asked the country to give up its claim on the Crimea peninsula and recognise the independence of Ukrainian separatist regions Donetsk and Lugansk that are controlled by Russian separatists.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.
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