President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that security guarantees for Ukraine before it joins NATO should be enshrined in writing, and the Vilnius Summit of the Alliance is a "good platform" for their conclusion.
Zelenskyy said this in an interview with Ukrainian journalists on Tuesday, a Yevropeiska Pravda correspondent reports.
The head of state stressed that NATO membership is the best guarantee of security for Ukraine, but while hostilities continue and this is impossible, it seeks to receive such guarantees from the allies "enshrined on paper".
"I believe that this (the NATO summit in Vilnius - ed.) is a good platform for this. Otherwise, if we do not have guarantees, if we do not have signals about our future membership in the Alliance, what are we going to do there? Why are we invited to this summit?" he added.
"I want to be very frank with our society. And if we understand that we are not expected there and no one will give us guarantees on paper - legal guarantees, not "Budapest guarantees," serious guarantees - then why are we meeting, to do what?" Zelenskyy said.
At the same time, the President expressed his belief that Ukraine will receive the desired security guarantees because otherwise, it will be a "treacherous policy" of the allies.
Author - Olena Madiak, 06/06/2023