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Inviting Ukraine to NATO would be vital for Europe's security - Yermak

Inviting Ukraine to NATO would be vital for Europe's security - Yermak Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office Andrii Yermak (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andrii Yermak participated in the conference "NATO Summit in Washington: Ukraine and Transatlantic Security." Approximately 300 participants attended the event, including former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former US national security and foreign policy officials, as well as current European government members, according to the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Andrii Yermak said that during the NATO summit in Washington, participants should make decisions that will strengthen the Alliance and protect its member countries.

"Inviting Ukraine now would be a vital step to strengthen the security of Europe and the entire Euro-Atlantic community. It would show: Russia cannot dictate its will to the Alliance. The aggressor should not set its own red lines. However, this would be a red line for Russia itself," he said.

According to him, the Ukrainian army is currently one of the most capable and motivated in Europe. After ten years of fighting Russian occupiers, our soldiers have gained significant combat experience.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen also urged world leaders to make important decisions, particularly regarding Ukraine's membership in the Alliance and supporting our country.

"We must change our approach to aid. We are giving too little too late," said the former NATO Secretary General.

He also reminded that the rationale and specific proposals for Ukraine's future membership in the Alliance are outlined in the report by the International Working Group on Security and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, published last week.