Ukraine urges NATO to send ‘real signal’ to Russia

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged NATO to speed up his country’s membership plan, saying a signal needed to be sent to Russia as tensions rise between the neighbors.

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In a tweet to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the two spoke by phone, Zelensky said Kiev was committed to defense reforms requested by the alliance to agree a Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Ukraine.

“But reforms alone will not stop Russia,” Zelensky said. “NATO is the only way to end the war in Donbas. Ukraine’s MAP will be a real signal for Russia.”

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