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NATO invites Ukranian Zelensky to Madrid Summit

The summit would be attended for the first time by NATO partners from the Pacific - Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea.

In what comes as bad news for Russian President Vladimir Putin, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been invited to the alliance’s summit in Madrid.

The summit is set to take place on June 28 and 29.

The summit would be attended for the first time by NATO partners from the Pacific – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Joane informed, that enlargement and open-door policy will be an important topic of discussion and the organization hopes that Finland and Sweden will join their ranks.

The Deputy Secretary-General also added NATO must decide on Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky will be present at the summit in one way or another, Mircea Joane further added.

The announcement of Zelensky joining the summit was made during a discussion organized by Politico.

Sources in the Spanish government said Spain planned to send Zelensky a formal invitation to the summit in Madrid on June 29 and 30.

However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba admitted that he does not expect positive decisions for Ukraine at the NATO summit.

Moreover, the NATO Defense Ministers will meet on June 15-16 in Brussels, the alliance said on Friday, adding that the EU, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, and Ukraine are invited to attend the event.

The meeting will start with a working dinner where Finland, Georgia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the European Union are invited and will be chaired by NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg.

First Published: 10th June, 2022 16:40 IST

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