Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the government in Kyiv was open to consider creative ways to guarantee the future security status of the country.
Speaking after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Turkey on Thursday, he said: „It’s written in our constitution to eventually join NATO as a full member and enjoy security guarantees.
“But we understand this is not going to happen in the blink of an eye or the foreseeable future.”
He added that Ukraine is aware NATO is not ready to act collectively to stop the war and to protect civilians in Ukraine from Russian attacks
This poses a question,” said Kuleba. „How to assure the security of Ukraine between now and eventual membership in NATO.”
„If we could reach an agreement where a similar system of guarantees as envisaged by the North Atlantic Charter could be granted to Ukraine by the permanent members of UN Security Council, including Russia,” as well as by Ukraine’s neighbors, „this is something we are ready to discuss.
“Ukraine exists in a security vacuum. We have to think creatively on how to address this issue.”
The meeting between the two foreign ministers ended without an agreement between the two sides on evacuation corridors out of besieged areas, nor on a ceasefire in Ukraine.