Ukraine Bids to Join NATO Despite Long Odds | Bloomberg

Zelenskiy pushes for accelerated membership path for Kyiv, Membership bid comes as Putin announces illegal land grab

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Ukraine formally applied to join NATO Friday but the alliance responded with immediate caution, seeking to avoid provoking a full-blown conflict with Russia since members are compelled to come to each other’s defense.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced the accelerated bid in a video address to the nation, saying Ukraine has already made its “path towards NATO,” demonstrating “compatibility with the alliance’s standards.” 

“We trust each other, help each other and protect each other,” he said. “We know it is possible.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters late Friday in Brussels the alliance remains open to all democracies in Europe and that Ukraine has a right to choose its own path, but the immediate focus is on providing support to Kyiv.  

Ukraine may have trouble getting allies to even accept the invitation given the current tensions with Russia. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly pointed to NATO’s enlargement as a threat to Russia, even though US and European officials have dismissed those allegations.



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