President of Ukraine – Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he is no longer pressing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ,NATO membership. 

Zelensky said that he has “cooled down regarding the question of a NATO membership for his country”. 

“I have cooled down regarding this question a long time ago after we understood that… NATO is not prepared to accept Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said in a televised interview.  

“The alliance is afraid of controversial things, and confrontation with Russia,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said. 

Zelenskyy also said Ukraine did not want to be a “country that is begging something on its knees” and he “did not want to be that President”. 

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Ukraine seeking membership in the NATO was the key reason for which Russia invaded Ukraine. 

Zelensky further said that he is ready to discuss the status of two breakaway pro-Russian regions of Donetsk and Lughansk. 

Before the war in Ukraine began, Russia had recognised the provinces of Donetsk and Lughansk as independent republics. 

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