Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on the statement by President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky on filing an application for the country’s accession to NATO in an accelerated manner, noted that it looks like “a request to speed up the start of a third world war.” Medvedev wrote about this in his Telegram channel on Friday, September 30.
“Zelensky wants to quickly join NATO. Great idea. It simply begs the North Atlantic Alliance to speed up the start of the third world war, ”wrote the deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Zelenskiy said earlier on Friday that the country had applied to NATO on an accelerated basis. Commenting on this statement, Senator of the Federation Council Sergei Tsekov stressed that NATO is in for a serious conflict if Ukraine is quickly admitted to the alliance.
On the same day, Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, noted that hardly anyone would seriously consider Kyiv’s statement, since the alliance does not need a war with Russia.
In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the same day announced the impossibility of accepting Ukraine into the North Atlantic Alliance right now. Stoltenberg explained that the decision on Ukraine’s membership should be made through a meeting of 30 partner states.
Prior to that, on September 22, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, answering a question from journalists about the country’s membership in NATO, said that now the North Atlantic Alliance wants to join Ukraine.
At the end of August, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Olha Stefanyshina, in an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda, said that the country might get the opportunity to join NATO before the completion of the Russian special operation to protect Donbass.
At the same time, Doug Bandow, ex-special assistant to US President Ronald Reagan, noted that the United States should not let Ukraine into NATO under any pretext, since Kyiv is looking for allies to draw them into a military conflict.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect the population of Donbass. The decision was made against the backdrop of the situation in the region that worsened in mid-February.
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