Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said he welcomed a NATO statement confirming Ukraine’s eventual entry into the military alliance.
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Zelenskiy’s administration has urged NATO to speed up Ukraine’s entry through a Membership Action Plan. Earlier on Monday he told Reuters that he wanted a clear “yes” or “no” from U.S. President Joe Biden on giving Ukraine such a plan.
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“NATO leaders confirmed that (Ukraine) will become a member of the Alliance & the #MAP is an integral part of the membership process,” Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter.
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Biden told reporters Monday afternoon that Ukraine still has to clean up corruption and meet other criteria before entering NATO.
“The fact is that they still need to fight corruption,” he said after a NATO summit. “In the meantime, we will do all we can to put Ukraine in a position to be able to resist Russian aggression… to maintain their physical security,” Biden said.