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Zelensky says Ukraine applying for NATO membership

| Updated: October 01, 2022 17:21:50

Zelensky says Ukraine applying for NATO membership

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday Ukraine was formally applying for fast-track membership in the NATO military alliance.

"We are taking our decisive step by signing Ukraine's application for accelerated accession to NATO," Zelensky said in a video on Telegram, reports Reuters.

The Ukrainian leader made his comments in a video which appeared intended as a forceful rebuttal to the Kremlin after Putin held a ceremony in Moscow to proclaim four partially occupied Ukrainian regions as annexed Russian land.

The video showed Zelensky announcing the decision and then signing a document flanked by his prime minister and the speaker of parliament.

"Ukraine is ready for negotiations, but with a different Russian president," Zelensky said.

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