Melnyk: Ukraine’s NATO membership would reduce risk of nuclear war

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Melnyk – Ukraine’s NATO membership would reduce the risk of nuclear war

Frank Stocker

“Sweden and Finland bring enormous potential to NATO”

“The desire of the Finns and Sweden to join NATO is a clear defeat of Putin’s strategy,” said NATO General Horst Heinrich Brauss. Putin wanted to weaken the West, but he is now strengthening it.

The Ukrainian ambassador wants Ukraine to be admitted into NATO as soon as possible. This would deter Putin from launching a nuclear attack on his country. Meanwhile, the United States has appointed a new ambassador to Ukraine. More in the live ticker.

DUkrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk believes his country could join NATO as quickly as Finland and Sweden. “One thing is clear: we want to join NATO quickly. It can happen as quickly as in the case of Sweden or Finland. It would only take a purely political decision to quickly bring Ukraine into the alliance,” Melnyk told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday).

“If Ukraine were part of the alliance, the risk of nuclear war would decrease. Then Putin would know: if Ukraine were attacked with nuclear weapons, he would have to reckon with a nuclear response. That would stop him.”

Due to the war, Finland and Sweden on Wednesday submitted their applications to join the Western Defense Alliance. Ideally, both countries could already be members by the end of the year. However, there were initial delays due to Turkey’s reservations.

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Melnyk also believes that Ukraine’s EU membership within the next ten years is possible, he told Funke newspapers. “The main thing for us now is to retain candidate status. Then the negotiation process can begin. This is an important political decision. He called on the federal government to “play a leading role in this historic process.”

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5:37 a.m. – The United States has reopened its embassy in kyiv

The United States has reopened its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv after a three-month closure. “We officially resume work at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv today,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday. The American flag was once again hoisted over the embassy building. “The people of Ukraine, with our security support, defended their homeland against the ruthless invasion of Russia, and as a result, the stars and stripes (American national flag) once again flutter above the embassy. “Blinken said.

Washington had closed its embassy in Kyiv ten days before the start of the February 24 Russian attack on Ukraine, temporarily moving embassy operations first to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. , then in Poland. After Ukrainian forces repelled a Russian offensive on the capital and its region, Western countries are gradually reopening their diplomatic missions in kyiv.

04:29 Senate confirms new US ambassador to Ukraine

After the United States announced its intention to reopen its embassy in Kyiv, the Senate confirmed career diplomat Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine. The House of Congress approved the staff on Wednesday (local time) in Washington. The State Department had previously announced that the US embassy in the Ukrainian capital, which was closed due to the war of Russian aggression, would resume its activities. American diplomats left their embassy in kyiv two weeks before war broke out. They went to Poland, sometimes with a stopover in the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine.

Brink was previously the US envoy to Slovakia. Previously, she worked at the State Department in Washington as an expert on Eastern Europe and the Caucasus and as Deputy Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Georgia.

10:08 p.m. Advisor to Zelenskyj: 90 more days of martial law, it’s honest

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych justified the planned extension of martial law by 90 days until August. The war launched by Russia will last until the fall, Arestovitch told Ukrainian television on Wednesday. The Ukrainian population will only have false hopes if martial law is ever extended for only 30 days, as it has been so far. Honest communication with society is necessary in times of war, said the adviser, who speaks mainly on military matters.

9:34 p.m. – Croatian president also sets conditions for NATO expansion north

Turkey can count on the support of Croatia in its opposition to the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. “Turkey will negotiate a high price for its status in NATO,” President Zoran Milanovic said on Wednesday. Croatia should follow this example.

Socialist Milanovic wants the electoral law of neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina to be changed in favor of the Croats who live there before the Croatian parliament ratifies the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. He is also at odds with conservative Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on domestic policy issues. However, Plenkovic’s ruling party has a slim majority in parliament ahead of the Socialists and could therefore push through a vote on NATO enlargement.

6:32 p.m. – Zelenskyj wants to extend martial law for 90 days

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj wants to impose martial law because of the Russian invasion and the three-month prolonged orderly mobilization. The corresponding bills were published on Wednesday. After the confirmation by the deputies, which is considered certain, the state of war will apply until August 23. A day later, Ukraine traditionally celebrates its Independence Day.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych justified the extension. The war launched by Russia will last until the fall, Arestovitch told Ukrainian television on Wednesday. The Ukrainian population will only have false hopes if martial law is ever extended for only 30 days, as it has been so far. Honest communication with society is necessary in times of war, said the adviser, who speaks mainly on military matters. Experts consider the duration of the state of war an indicator of how long kyiv is preparing for possible fighting.

Zelenskyi first declared a state of war on February 24 – hours after Russia attacked – then had it extended twice by 30 days each. General mobilization, on the other hand, applies immediately for 90 days. Many experts consider the duration of the state of war an indicator of how long kyiv is currently preparing for possible fighting.

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