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Ukraine requests fast-track NATO entry

30.09.2022 17:00
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday his country was formally applying for fast-track membership of NATO after Russian leader Vladimir Putin signed decrees to annex four regions of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Photo: EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Speaking in a video posted on social media, Zelensky said Kyiv was ready for talks with Moscow, but not with Putin, the Reuters news agency reported.

"We are taking our decisive step by signing Ukraine's application for accelerated accession to NATO," Zelensky said in his message.

"Ukraine is ready for negotiations, but with a different Russian president," he added, as quoted by Reuters.

Putin on Friday signed documents to incorporate Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions into Russia in a televised ceremony at the Kremlin, news agencies reported.


Source: IAR, PAP, Reuters