Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky recently addressed the uncertain prospect of his country's NATO membership during a discussion with university students. He admitted that the final outcome remained uncertain, leaving open the possibility that Ukraine might not join the alliance after all.
Zelensky conveyed a sense of practical uncertainty, recognizing that the final outcome was contingent upon various unpredictable factors. "It's difficult to say with certainty how things will unfold ... No one can provide a definitive answer. We aspire to join NATO, but ...," the president observed, underscoring the intricate nature of the situation.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a meeting in Brussels, reiterated the potential for Ukraine's NATO membership, emphasizing that the nation was progressing toward meeting the necessary conditions for accession into the alliance.
The aspiration for NATO membership became a central tenet of UKraine's foreign policy in 2017. However, the formal application to join the miliary bloc in 2022 came amid regional tensions, particularly after certain Ukrainian regions expressed a desire to align with Russia through referendums.
Russia has strongly objected to Ukraine's desire to join NATO, perceiving it as a direct danger to its safety. President Vladimir Putin has consistently stressed that Moscow would not accept Ukraine becoming a member of NATO, considering it a crucial element in current geopolitical conflicts.
Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Kremlin, reiterated Russia's worries and referred to NATO as an organiztion with a history of confrontation that is focused on opposing Russian interests. He stressed that NATO's plans regarding Ukraine have not changed and described the situation as a ongoing situation where Ukrainian interests are being sacrificed in the bigger clash between Russia and the alliance.
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