MOSCOW, October 3 – Novosti. The Kremlin heard Volodymyr Zelensky’s request for Ukraine’s entry into NATO, as well as different reactions to it, Moscow is closely monitoring the situation and remembers that it was Kyiv’s orientation towards the alliance that became one of the reasons for the start of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation told reporters Dmitry Peskov.
Zelensky said earlier that Ukraine is applying to join NATO on an accelerated basis. Carrying out such a procedure is now untimely, later said Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan . NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg , commenting on Zelensky’s statement, recognized the bloc’s unchanged position on the right of each country to determine its own path and on the “open door” policy, but stressed that NATO would concentrate its efforts on helping Kiev defend itself.
“We really heard the statements of President Zelensky, we also saw different reactions from NATO – there are countries that support this option of accelerated accession, there are countries that do not support it. In any case, everyone refers to the consensus rule, so we are very careful we are watching this decision and remember that it was Ukraine’s orientation to NATO and the confirmation of Ukraine’s future membership in NATO that became one of the reasons for the special military operation,” Peskov said in response to a question whether the Kremlin fears that the issue of Ukraine’s accession to NATO NATO will be resolved on an accelerated basis.
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