Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that his country is ready to join NATO as he arrived in Moldova for the European Political Community summit.
Dozens of leaders from across Europe are gathering for the meeting, where they will discuss security issues and areas of cooperation across the continent.
"Ukraine is ready to be in NATO," Zelensky said, standing alongside Moldovan President Maia Sandu. "We are waiting [for] when NATO will be ready. And I think security guarantees are very important not only for Ukraine, for our neighbors, for Moldova — because of Russia and of their aggression in Ukraine and potential aggression for their part of Europe."
Earlier Thursday, NATO's chief said all members of the defense alliance agree "Ukraine will become a member," as NATO foreign ministers meet in Oslo to discuss the war.
Moldovan leader Sandu also expressed support for Kyiv and for Zelensky's proposed peace formula, saying: "Ukraine keeps Moldova safe today, and we're very, very grateful for that."
She also said she supported creating a special international tribunal to handle those "committing crimes of aggression in Ukraine."
The summit: The first meeting of the European Political Community was held in October 2022, with the leaders primarily discussing the war in Ukraine and global energy crisis.
“We are developing a coalition of fighter jets and offering a coalition of Patriots. EU, NATO, peace formula. Everything to protect our future,” Zelensky said Thursday in a Telegram post.
This post has been updated with additional reporting.