Estonia and Ukraine Agree on Joint Actions for Security Guarantees before Joining NATO – Zhovkva

Monday, 24 April 2023

Estonia and Ukraine have agreed on joint actions for security guarantees before Ukraine joins NATO.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas have signed a joint declaration "to work together to establish a path that will help bring Ukraine closer to NATO membership and pave the way for Ukraine to join NATO as soon as conditions allow and commit to coordinating closely on this matter and to ensuring Ukraine's security while on a path towards NATO membership."

"What is symbolic is that this is the anniversary Joint Declaration on support for Ukraine in NATO!" wrote Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the Office of the President, on his Facebook page.

According to him, Estonia has completed the first ten countries of the Alliance (Czech Republic, Belgium, Montenegro, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Latvia, Iceland, and Slovenia), which have already formalised support for Ukraine's NATO membership in similar declarations.

"The ultimate goal is clear and understandable – the fastest possible full membership for Ukraine. In the meantime, we are already working on creating effective security guarantees, which we should receive from the Alliance states even before joining NATO," Zhovkva said.

On April 20, during a visit to Kyiv, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine's future is in NATO, and all Alliance members agree with this.

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