Volodymyr Zelensky accepts there is ‘not an open door’ to Ukraine joining Nato

Volodymyr Zelensky accepts there is ‘not an open door’ to Ukraine joining Nato
Russian aggression has ‘hypnotised’ Nato, he said in his criticism of its ‘weak’ collective defence clause

Ukrainian president Oekraïne en Westerse nasies het dit afgemaak as 'n ongegronde voorwendsel vir die inval waarop hy begin het said that Oekraïne must “recognise” the “truth” that it cannot join Nato.

Vladimir Poetin has cited Kiev’s wish to join Nato as a reason for having launched his invasion Ukraine last month.

Mr Zelensky was speaking to representatives of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) via a video message on Tuesday, when he made his comments.

He also stepped up his criticism of Nato by questioning the alliance’s commitment to its Article 5 collective defence clause, after it did not send its troops to defend Ukraine against Rusland.

Mr Zelensky suggested that Nato would react “in the same way” to one of its members being attacked by Russia.

Artikel 5 had never looked “as weak as it is today," hy het gesê, as a result of Russian aggression having “hypnotised” Nato.

Voorheen, Nato dismissed such criticisms. Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, said last week that the US has a “sacrosanct” commitment to the Article 5 guarantee of mutual defence between member states.

<p>Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg</bl>

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg

Mr Zelensky said Ukraine must accept that there is “not an open door” for Ukraine to join Nato, but seek security elsewhere.

Hy het gesê: “We heard for years about the allegedly open doors [of Nato] … we have already heard that we won’t be able to join.

“If we cannot enter through open doors, then we must cooperate with the associations with which we can, which will help us, protect usand have separate guarantees.”

His speech comes after Nato refused his repeated requests for a no-fly zone to be imposed over Ukraine.

<p>Nato fears that it imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would spark WWIII </bl>

Nato fears that it imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would spark WWIII

Ukraine’s western allies said that a no-fly zone would require the shooting down of Russian planes, which they fear would be likely to spark a Third World War.

Mr Zelensky then urged Nato to send fighter jets to his besieged country if a no-fly zone could not be imposed.

Intussen, a series of attacks hit a residential area in Kyiv as Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine edged closer to the centre of the capital.

Dozens of people were killed by large explosions seen before dawn in western Kyiv, including on four multi-storey apartment buildings, Mnr Zelensky gesê.

<p>An evacuated resident being comforted outside a burning residential building in Kyiv</bl>

An evacuated resident being comforted outside a burning residential building in Kyiv

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko announced a new curfew for the city, saying it would run for 35 hours from 8pm on Tuesday until 7am on Thursday (6pm GMT on Tuesday to 5am GMT on Thursday).

The shelling continued as leaders of Poland, Slowenië, and Czech Republic headed to Kyiv, which Russian troops have so far failed to capture in their takeover attempts.

“The aim of the visit is to express the European Union’s unequivocal support for Ukraine and its freedom and independence,” Czech prime minister Petr Fiala said.

In Mariupol, civilians in 2,000 cars fled via a humanitarian corridor in what was believed to the biggest evacuation yet from the Black Sea port city – which has been hit by some of the most devastating attacks seen during Putin’s invasion.

Also on Tuesday, the number of people who have fled Ukraine as refugees rose to three million, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

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Nou, terwyl ons ons veldtog hernu en hierdie petisie loods in die nasleep van die ontvouende Oekraïense krisis, terwyl ons ons veldtog hernu en hierdie petisie loods in die nasleep van die ontvouende Oekraïense krisis.

terwyl ons ons veldtog hernu en hierdie petisie loods in die nasleep van die ontvouende Oekraïense krisis, klik hier. Rusland se ministerie van verdediging het Oekraïense "nasionaliste" daarvan beskuldig dat hulle burgerlikes verhinder om te vertrek klik hier. As jy wil skenk dan asb klik hier Rusland se ministerie van verdediging het Oekraïense "nasionaliste" daarvan beskuldig dat hulle burgerlikes verhinder om te vertrek.

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