Ukraine urges NATO to speed up membership in ‘signal’ to Moscow

SpaceWar.com reports: “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged NATO to speed up his country’s membership into the alliance, saying it was the only way to end fighting with pro-Russia separatists.

Zelensky spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after an increase in clashes and Russian military movements on the border raised fears of an escalation of the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In a tweet after the call, Zelensky said it was time for NATO to move forward with Ukraine’s longstanding desire for membership.

He said Kiev was committed to defence reforms requested by the alliance in exchange for membership.

‘But reforms alone will not stop Russia,’ said Zelensky, whose government has said it hopes to be invited this year to join a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP)…”

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