President of Ukraine

Andriy Yermak: Ukraine will become a NATO member when the security situation allows

26 May 2023 - 16:38

Andriy Yermak: Ukraine will become a NATO member when the security situation allows

The partner countries that Ukraine wants to see as guarantors of its security on the way to NATO membership support the provision of such guarantees, and the form of their consolidation is currently being discussed. This was stated by Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Yermak during a conversation with media representatives in Kyiv.

He noted that all the leaders of the partner states have a draft of the Kyiv Security Compact for review. Andriy Yermak noted that Ukraine stands for developing a document based on the best positions of both the Kyiv Security Compact and the packages of agreements that have been concluded and are working effectively in other countries.

The Head of the President's Office emphasized that security guarantees will be in place until our country joins NATO: "Ukraine's ambitions for membership in the Alliance remain unchanged, so we are working on positions to support our Euro-Atlantic course."

"I have no doubt that in the future Ukraine will be a NATO member. But we are realists. We understand that this will definitely happen when the security situation allows," added Andriy Yermak.

"Our expectations from the Summit in Vilnius boil down to two key priorities: fixing in one form or another the absence of alternatives to the fact that we are on the path to NATO membership, and before joining the Alliance, obtaining security guarantees," the Head of the Presidential Office emphasized.

He also spoke about the results of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's participation in the Arab League Summit in Saudi Arabia and the G7 Summit in Japan. According to him, the development of relations with the Arab countries and the states of the Global South is currently important for Ukraine, so painstaking work is underway in many areas.

"I am confident that we will have partnership relations with Saudi Arabia at various levels. They have already provided us with humanitarian aid and I think they will continue to do so," said Andriy Yermak.

The Head of the President's Office noted that he positively assesses the possible participation of this country in the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula and in the Global Peace Summit.

According to Andriy Yermak, the bilateral meetings held by Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the Arab League Summit will be the beginning of important cooperation, and representatives of the Arab world are expected to visit Ukraine.

"They are ready to invest now, even without waiting for the war to end. This is very important for us. This makes us an influential player, particularly in this region," he summarized.