Ukraine’s aspirations to join NATO and the European Union are considered in its constitution and remain the country’s top priority, said the President’s spokesman Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday in response to reported comments from a Ukrainian ambassador.
Ukraine’s ambassador to Britain, Vadym Prystaiko, was quoted by the BBC as saying Kiev was ready to be “flexible”. over son goal at join Atlantic military covenant, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be a trigger for war.
“This course is not only reflected in the Constitution, but is also the full consent of authorities and society,” presidential spokesman Sergii Nykyforov told Reuters. “Mr. The ambassador used the word “flexibility”. I think it is worth giving him the opportunity to explain exactly what he had in to listen.”
Prystaiko clarified earlier remarks, saying the former Soviet republic would not reconsider its attempt to join the military Alliance.
When asked whether or not Ukraine might reconsider its ambitions to join NATO, Prystaiko told the BBC in English: “No, it’s not and I’m pretty content to have that chance to clarify my position.
Prystaiko said the previous BBC report was the result of a misunderstanding.
“We are not members of NATO right now and at avoid war we are ready for a lot of concessions and that’s what we do in conversation with the Russians,” Prystaiko said. “It has nothing to do with NATO which is dedicated in the Constitution.”
“It is not a delay to our ambitions to be in NATO – what we are talking about is that we are not in the family now we have to look for something else like bilateral agreements with Great Britain, with in the United States,” he said. ” So on High of NATO we seek for other provisions which allow us survive this particular moment ordeal at present.”
Request again if Ukraine changed its candidacy to become a member of NATO, he said: “No”.
Ukraine is not a member of NATO but has a 2008 promise that it will eventually have the opportunity to join step this would bring the US-led alliance to the Russian border.
Putin says Ukraine’s Growing Ties with the alliance could make it a launching pad for NATO missiles targeting Russia. He says Russia must ask down “red lines” to prevent this.
Russia has moved more more than 100,000 soldiers and heavy weapons within range distance of Ukraine in in recent weeks, prompting the United States and its NATO allies to warn that a invasion could be imminent.
Moscow denies planning an attack calling the military maneuvers, but he issued written demands that NATO desist from further eastward expansion, including Ukraine. NATO members rejected the demand.
US President Joe Biden spoke with son Ukrainian counterpart Zelenskyy on Sunday and agreed to continue diplomatic efforts to try to resolve the crisis, the White House said.