Ukraine needs “clear” and “positive” decisions on its bid for joining both NATO and the European Union, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday at a summit of European leaders in Moldova’s capital Chisinau.
“This year is for decisions,” Zelensky said.
“In [the] summer in Vilnius at the NATO summit, a clear invitation for membership of Ukraine is needed and the security guarantees on the way to NATO membership are needed,” he said.
"Positive decisions for Ukraine will be positive decisions for everyone," he added.
Zelensky also restated his calls to not allow the war in Ukraine to become a frozen conflict.
“There should be no place for any frozen conflict and cold war on our continent," Zelensky said, adding "when there are no security guarantees, there are only war guarantees."
Zelensky also said coalitions of Patriot air defenses and fighter jets would "accelerate peace," and that "every step in air defense enforcement is literally saving lives.”
Moldova is hosting a summit of the EU’s 27 member states and 20 other European countries at a castle deep in Moldova’s wine region just 12 miles (20 km) from Ukrainian territory, according to Reuters.