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.
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.
.@jensstoltenberg, we are committed to reforming our army and defense sector, but reforms alone will not stop Russia. @NATO is the only way to end the war in #Donbas. Ukraine's MAP will be a real signal for #Russia pic.twitter.com/wdkp4LWxxD— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) April 6, 2021
“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.”