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Zelensky says in the Netherlands that Ukraine is already a de facto member of NATO and now hopes to be a de jure one

By Isabella Ferrer from The Hague.

During his visit to the Netherlands, the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, assured this Thursday that his country is now a de facto member of NATO. He now hopes to become one by law (de jure). He said this during a press conference called by the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, in which his Belgian counterpart, Alexander de Croo, also participated.

Zelensky has presented himself as the president of a country at war, who feels "supported by his allies, who share the same values." "We need more than support on the NATO issue and we are realistic: we know we will not be members of the Alliance during the war, but we look towards the panorama after this one”, he said.

Rutte has added that he supports "the Ukrainian ambition to be a member of NATO, and for this it is necessary that all members of the organization agree." She has added that the Netherlands is working together with Belgium and Denmark to advance the consensus on the shipment of F16 aircraft. “It is not a taboo, but we are not ready yet”, she has declared.

On the other hand, Rutte has indicated that Ukraine's possible entry into the European Union requires a process. "It is the same for the accession of any country, and you have to follow it." Zelensky, for his part, has assured that Russia needs "a regime change." "What we see on the battlefield is a lack of motivation in the Russian troops," according to the Ukrainian president.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo recalled that his country keeps Russian assets frozen, "and 200 million of these funds can be used to help Ukraine."

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