Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy lashed out at NATO Tuesday for its lack of a timeline giving specific details for his country's future NATO membership, calling it "unprecedented and absurd."
The lagging, he said, gives Russia "motivation to continue its terror."
Shortly afterward at the two-day NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, NATO leaders agreed on other official declaration, stating that Ukraine's future was inside the military alliance. However, it again failed to give a timetable and said conditions still needed to be met.
Meanwhile, Kyiv has come under Russian attack for the second time this month, while Ukraine's military says Russian forces have carried out 334 airstrikes on the wider country in the last week.
Ukrainian army's 35th Marine Brigade members conduct mine clearance work at a field in Donetsk
Ukrainian army's 35th Marine Brigade members conduct mine clearance work at a field in Donetsk, Ukraine on July 11, 2023.
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Zelenskyy gets warm reception at NATO, but remains frustrated
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and first lady Olena Zelenska arrived in Lithuania's capital on Tuesday as the NATO summit convenes and leaders discuss ongoing support for Kyiv amid Russia's ongoing war.
The group's secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, stressed that Ukraine would receive a "strong, positive message on the path forward" regarding its membership.
But Zelenskyy remains frustrated that NATO has failed to lay out a timeline or give specific details for his country's future NATO membership, calling it "unprecedented and absurd" on Telegram.
Kyiv has been pushing for accession into NATO following Russia's full-scale invasion, but officials of the security alliance have previously said its membership is unlikely to proceed while war is waged on Ukrainian territories.