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Ukraine Deserves NATO Membership, Says Turkey’s President

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky supported Ukraine’s bid to join NATO, adding Kyiv fully deserves to be part of the military alliance.

In his latest speech on Saturday, President Erdogan said that Ukraine fully deserves to become a member of NATO.

He further added that Turkey will use every possible means to mediate between Russia and Ukraine to end the devastating war, which has already adversely affected the lives of thousands of people in Ukraine.

The Turkish leader in his speech urged both Russian and Ukrainian presidents to sit at the negotiation table to achieve a peace deal and avoid further bloodshed, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey in August.

Zelensky said he was “happy to hear” that Turkey supports Ukraine’s bid to join during a joint press conference.

Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy appreciated the extension of grain trade between Russia and Ukraine during a press conference.

Earlier in the week, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that representatives from the NATO member states will assess the membership of Kyiv to the military alliance.  

The next round of the NATO summit will take place on Tuesday, July 11, in Lithuania, in which Ukraine’s membership to the alliance will be assessed by the member states.   

NATO has an open-door policy, meaning that any country can be invited to join if it expresses an interest, as long as it is able and willing to uphold the principles of the alliance’s founding treaty. However, under the accession rules, any member state can veto a new country from joining.

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