Escalation in Donbas: Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Jens Stoltenberg had a telephone conversation
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the aggravation of the security situation in Donbas.
The head of state informed Stoltenberg about Russia’s ongoing accumulation of troops to the borders of Ukraine and increasing their readiness for offensive actions.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the Secretary General for the attention of the Alliance to the security situation around Ukraine and called on NATO member states to pay more attention to security issues in the Black Sea and to strengthen their military presence in the Black Sea region.
“Such a permanent presence should be a powerful factor in deterring Russia, which continues the large-scale militarization of the region and impede merchant shipping,” he said.
The President of Ukraine stressed that the most urgent issue in relations with NATO for Ukraine is the possibility of obtaining the NATO Membership Action Plan.
“We are committed to reforming our army and defense sector, but reforms alone will not stop Russia. NATO is the only way to end the war in Donbas. Ukraine’s MAP will become a real signal for Russia,” the President said. “The MAP will be a real signal for the Russian Federation,” Vladimir Zelensky said.
NATO is concerned about the build-up of Russian military power near the border of Ukraine.