Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with US news portal Axios, that his first question to US President Joe Biden would be about Ukraine’s entry into NATO, which was stalled by the reluctance of Western member states.
President, why are we still outside NATO? – Imagining the first question he would ask the new White House resident, Zelensky said. The interview was published on Monday by the Ukrainian Presidential Office.
“If Ukraine were a member of NATO, the situation in eastern Ukraine would in no way escalate.”
Zelensky said, referring to the war with Kremlin-backed dissidents.
Ukraine has confirmed for years that it wants to join NATO. On the other hand, NATO is reluctant to do so, but is increasingly asserting that the gate is open to Kiev.
In his first phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden confirmed last week that the United States was “supporting” Kiev.Against the continued Russian aggression. “
Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula in southern Ukraine in 2014, and soon after the war began in eastern Ukraine.
Russia can attack any European country, even the United States – Zelensky said in the interview.
“It is not just a matter of military intervention, as in the case of Ukraine,” But Russian against Western countries Also on information wars and cyber attacks. Ukrainian president added.
Zelensky said that
A little angry at former US President Donald Trump for disclosing the content of their 2019 phone conversation,
Which led to a political scandal in the United States.
During the conversation, Trump tried to persuade Zelensky to investigate the activities of Joe Biden’s son in Ukraine in order to undermine his presidential rival’s chances in the future. The son of Democratic Party Chairman Hunter Biden has been a member of the board of directors of Ukrainian energy company Burisma for years.