If this request were accepted, NATO would be directly at war with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that he has submitted an official request for Ukraine to be accepted into the NATO alliance through an expedited procedure.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of this year, Moscow demanded for many years that Ukraine should never become a member of the NATO alliance, which, in their opinion, is already expanding too much eastward into Russia’s sphere of interest.

Zelensky stated that Ukraine has proven that it meets the standards of the NATO alliance, so they decided to submit an official application to join NATO. The time frame of the request cannot be random. Today he is the president of Russia Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson to Russia, which is opposed by both Ukraine and the entire Western world, as well as other major countries.

“Ukraine will not negotiate with Russia as long as Putin is the president of the Russian Federation. We will negotiate with the new president,” Zelensky said in a video posted on social networks.

“In fact, we are already in NATO. In fact, we have already proven that we are compatible with the standards of the alliance (…), which are true for Ukraine, true on the battlefield”, according to STA, Zelenski also said, concluding: “In fact, today Ukraine is demanding that this happen de iure. Accelerated. By signing Ukraine’s request for accelerated NATO membership, we will take a decisive step.”

Applying for NATO membership is usually only the first step in a lengthy accession process. Countries that meet the criteria, which is not certain for Ukraine, must hold accession talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels together with a team of NATO experts. In the next step, the country must send a letter of intent to NATO along with timetables for completing all the necessary reforms identified in the preliminary discussion.

After that, NATO must prepare accession protocols to the Washington Treaty, which are then signed and ratified by all allies. Only when the governments of NATO member states ratify the protocols in accordance with their national procedures can the Secretary-General formally invite potential new members to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty.

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