Moscow sees Ukraine as a starting point for future moves in the region, the Ukrainian president says
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks via video link at an event in Glastonbury, UK, June 24, 2022. © Samir Hussein / WirelImage / Getty Images
Russia could use Ukraine as a starting point for attacks on other European states, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said. He asked the West for security guarantees that Ukraine could enjoy while not being a member of the US-led military bloc NATO.
“We need a system of security guarantees, which would be effective even while we are not part of the alliance,” Zelensky said on Tuesday at a roundtable hosted by The Economist.
“Russia views the territory of our country as a foothold for capturing other European states. Which means, to ensure the security of Ukraine is to provide long-term security for the whole of Europe.”
He argued that “gray zones” in European security have made it possible for Russia to send troops to Ukraine.