Video 13:57 29 Jun 2022

Zelensky to NATO: By providing us with weapons, you can break russia's tactics of destroying cities and terrorizing population

Photo: OPU

Addressing the NATO summit in Madrid, President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Allies to help stop russian terror against peaceful Ukrainian cities

The European Pravda correspondent reported from Madrid.

The President also called for "finding a place" for Ukraine in the joint security space.

In his speech, Zelensky noted that the war, which has been going on for more than four months, should not drag on.

That is why Ukraine needs to be provided with more weapons, in particular, more modern artillery, he added.

"The war should not drag on. To prevent this, to break russia's artillery advantage, we need much more such modern systems, modern artillery," he said.

The President says Ukraine also needs modern missile and air defense to protect civilians from russian missile attacks and bombings.

"By providing them to us, you can completely break russia's tactics of destroying cities and terrorizing the civilian population. It is a fundamental thing.

The distance from Kyiv to Madrid is less than the range of the missiles used against us. Can one state respond to such a threat without the help of partners? You can provide this assistance," he said.

The President called for support for Ukraine not only with weapons but also with finances and sanctions-" sanctions against russia that will stop its ability to pay for the war."

Zelensky also stressed that Ukraine needed security guarantees.

He noted that NATO must find a place for Ukraine in the joint security space and help win the war

"Either enough urgent assistance for Ukraine to win or russia's postponed war with you," he said.

Zelensky specifically criticized NATO's "open door" policy and stressed the need to eliminate the "gray zone" between NATO and russia.

"NATO's open-door policy should not resemble the old Kyiv metro turnstiles: they are open, and when you approach, the turnstiles close until you pay.

Has Ukraine not paid enough yet? Is our contribution to the defense of Europe and the entire civilization still insufficient? So what else is needed?" the President said.

To recap, US President Joe Biden announced a significant increase in the US presence in Europe due to the russian threat.

The NATO summit in Madrid is taking place on June 29-30.

As reported by Rubryka, on June 29, on the summit's sidelines, the British Foreign Secretary said that negotiations with russia were possible only after its defeat in Ukraine.

"We have to learn the lessons of the past, the failures of the Minsk protocol for example, in being able to secure a lasting peace in the area. So my very strong message is we have to defeat russia first and negotiate later," Liz Truss said.

Read Rubryka's Timeline of War: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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