On Thursday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged that Kyiv is aware of the fact that it cannot join NATO while being at war with Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his doubts about the country’s chances of joining NATO during an ongoing war with Russia.
After meeting with Dutch and Belgian Prime Ministers, he stated that while they are realistic about the current situation, they want a clear message that they will be part of NATO after the war.
Zelenskyy recently visited Finland to gather support ahead of Ukraine’s anticipated spring offensive against Russia.
However, Russia has accused Ukraine of trying to assassinate President Putin with drones, which Ukraine denies. This development comes at a time of heightened tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, President Zelenskyy has been actively seeking support for Ukraine’s inclusion in NATO.
The NATO charter’s Article 5 requires member countries to protect each other and maintain solidarity within the alliance. If a non-member country attacks a member country, all member countries will consider it an attack on themselves and respond militarily.
However, Article 5 does not apply to non-member countries, such as Ukraine. Therefore, Ukraine seeks to join the military alliance to receive NATO’s protection against Russia.