Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy courts allies
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he has received a strong show of support from allies attending a European summit in Moldova on the question of supplying fighter jets to Kyiv to help repel Russian forces.
Zelenskiy is pressing for Ukraine to be part of the NATO military alliance – but members are divided over how fast that should happen.
Western governments are wary of any move that might take the alliance closer to war with Russia.
“It is high time that we actually sit down and find a very concrete answer,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said.
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Zelenskiy said Kyiv had not yet set a date for a proposed peace summit, because it was working to bring as many countries as possible to the table. Ukraine says only a full Russian withdrawal will end the war.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said its member nations had yet to work out details of how to guarantee Ukraine’s security in the future.
“When the war ends we must ensure we have a framework in place to ensure it is not a pause in Russian actions against Ukraine,” he said in Oslo.
“We need to stop the vicious circle of aggression against Ukraine.” Stoltenberg added.