30 Jun 2022 10:48

Zelensky's chief of staff reaffirms Ukraine's wish to enter into NATO, urges alliance to serve as Ukrainian security guarantor

MOSCOW. June 30 (Interfax) - Andriy Yermak, chief of staff of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office, has reaffirmed the desire of Ukraine to join NATO and has said that the alliance should serve as a guarantor of Ukraine's security.

Yermak made the statement in his video address at the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday evening, Ukrainian media outlets said.

Yermak told the summit participants about the need for building new security architecture. "The development of an effective mechanism to provide security guarantees for Ukraine will be an important step towards a new, safer world," he said. Meanwhile, the system of international law needs to strengthen, and international institutions need to be reformed, he said.

Ukraine will not abandon the path towards full-fledged membership in NATO, Yermak said.

He expressed profound gratitude to the United States and other partners for supporting Ukraine.