Zelensky tells Biden that Ukraine needs a clear plan to join NATO

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized in a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden on Monday that Ukraine needs a “real step-by-step plan” related to its NATO accession schedule. Said Andrey Jermac, Secretary of the Ukrainian Presidential Office.To report Official website of Ukraine.

Zelensky told Biden that the era of statements and declarations of intent should be a thing of the past.

“Ukraine is undoubtedly an integral part of Europe in terms of its value base. The new situation in Europe requires logistical support plans for Ukraine to join the alliance in the near future. NATO is our It’s a way to maximize the protection of the country, “said Zelensky.

by Second official reportZelensky also informed Biden about the situation in Donbas, a Ukrainian territory temporarily occupied by Russian-backed separatists, and explained the reasons and nature of the regular escalation of conflicts.

“The so-called withdrawal of Russian troops is just an imitation,” Zelensky said. He explained that Russian troops and heavy weapons are still concentrated near the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory and the Ukrainian border.

“Ukraine’s transition to NATO is also an opportunity to meet the prerequisites for establishing stable and lasting peace in Donbas,” said the second report.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said At an event at the Brookings Institution on June 4, Ukraine’s best way to move towards joining NATO is to combat corruption and implement reforms to modernize its defense and security agencies. I said that. “We are helping [Ukraine] At the same time, they are moving towards further integration of Europe and the Atlantic Ocean, “he added.

NATO is supporting Ukraine in the form of training and capacity building, Stoltenberg said, encouraging NATO allies to “do more”.

According to the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s interest in joining NATO continued to grow after the 2014 Russian invasion.

However, solving the territorial dispute International disputes are a prerequisite Join the alliance. Therefore, Ukraine’s open dispute over Crimea and Donbas can affect membership eligibility. According to analysis According to the European Policy Analysis Center.

Biden will attend the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium on June 14, but ambitious countries will not be invited to the summit.Stoltemberg Speaking at a press conference “Because it is a relatively short summit of one day, this summit is for allies only.”

Ukraine and Russia have been in conflict since Russia occupied the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in 2014 and supported the rebellion in Donbas.

Zelensky has been trying to resolve the conflict since the election two years ago, and since 2014 more than 13,000 lives have been lost.

Russia announced earlier this year that it would begin building troops near the Ukrainian border and withdraw those troops in April. This provocative move surprised the United States and other European allies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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