- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country should accept that it will not become a member of the US-led NATO military alliance
- The transatlantic alliance is a key Russian concern Vladimir Putin used to justify its invasion of the country
- Zelenskyy has repeatedly called on NATO allies to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine in other to stop Russia's bombs
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has revealed that he does not expect his country to join NATO anytime soon.
He disclosed in comments made during an address by video-link to leaders of the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force on Tuesday, Zelensky appeared to shift further away from what until recently had been seen as a key Ukrainian ambition.
"For years we have been hearing about how the door is supposedly open (to NATO membership) but now we hear that we cannot enter. And it is true, and it must be acknowledged," he said.
"I am glad that our people are beginning to understand this and rely on themselves and on our partners who assist us."
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NATO, a security alliance of 30 North American and European nations, was created in 1949 in response to the start of the Cold War. Its original purpose was to protect the West from the threat posed by the Soviet Union.
Ukraine's desire to join NATO, and its status as a NATO partner was among the numerous grievances Putin cited in an attempt to justify his country's invasion of its neighbor.
Russia-Ukraine war: What does Putin want?
Putin does not want Ukraine leaning towards the West. In specific terms, he listed his demands in a list of security guarantees that the West has to agree to in order to lower tensions in Europe.
Among the demands is that Ukraine must not be allowed to join NATO. He also wants any NATO drills near Russia’s border halted. Putin also wants NATO to remove any troops or weapons deployed to countries that entered the alliance after 1997.
Those being indirectly referred to include Poland, the former Soviet countries of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Balkan countries.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the United Kingdom on Thursday, March 10, impounded all assets of Chelsea FC owner, Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich is one of seven oligarchs facing sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans over the Russian shelling and killings in Ukraine.
Other billionaires suffering similar sanctions are Igor Sechin and Oleg Deripaska, regarded as allies of Vladimir Putin.