Zelensky sees Russia's demand on Ukraine's refusal to join NATO as strange

Zelensky sees Russia's demand on Ukraine's refusal to join NATO as strange

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said it is strange to hear Russia's requests for guarantees that Kyiv will not join NATO, given Russia's breach of its own promises.

He stated this in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the translation of which was published on the website of the head of state, Ukrinform reports.

"Our state has given up its share of the Soviet nuclear arsenal - the third largest in the world - and in return has received assurances, including from Russia, that our borders and our security will be respected. All this did not happen. So it is strange to hear the Russian side asking for any guarantees when so many promises have already been broken by the Russian side itself," Zelensky said when asked about Ukraine's possible refusal to join NATO in exchange for a guaranteed withdrawal of Russian troops from the border.

Russia is demanding that NATO formally withdraw its promise on Ukraine's and Georgia's possible accession to the alliance, which was made at the Bucharest summit in 2008.

Earlier, Russian President Putin called Ukraine's accession to NATO "unacceptable."

U.S. President Joe Biden in his video call with Putin rejected Russia's demand for guarantees against Ukraine's accession to NATO.

NATO also said that Russia does not have the right to decide on Ukraine's membership of the military alliance.


While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website ukrinform.net not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website ukrinform.net and the website of a foreign media outlet. Materials marked as "Advertisement" or with a disclaimer reading "The material has been posted in accordance with Part 3 of Article 9 of the Law of Ukraine "On Advertising" No. 270/96-VR of July 3, 1996 and the Law of Ukraine "On the Media" No. 2849-Х of March 31, 2023 and on the basis of an agreement/invoice.

© 2015-2024 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Extended searchHide extended search
By period: