A meeting of the National Security and Defense Council was held today. During this momentous event, Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed Ukraine's application to join NATO under the accelerated procedure. The President noted the fact that Ukraine has already proven compatibility with Alliance standards, particularly on the battlefield.
Volodymyr Zelensky said:
First of all, the only path to strengthening Ukraine is expelling the occupiers from our entire territory in order to restore peace. This is our mission.
Secondly, Ukraine was and remains a leader in negotiation efforts. It was our state that always offered Russia to agree to coexistence on equal, honest, dignified and fair terms. It is obvious that this is impossible with this Russian president. He does not know what dignity and honesty are. We remain ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with a different president leading Russia.
And thirdly, we must legally record all that we have already achieved in fact. It is in Ukraine that the fate of democracy is decided in the confrontation with tyranny.
A press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled for the evening, at which we will hear about the Alliance's preliminary decision regarding Ukraine's application.
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