Ukraine needs “serious players” when it comes to security guarantees -Zelensky

Ukraine needs “serious players who are ready to go all the way” when it comes to security guarantees, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Addressing journalists on Ukrainian state TV Tuesday, Zelensky said Ukraine has not yet received “a specific list of these countries that are prepared to 100% stand up for us.”

According to him, Ukraine is presently discussing security guarantees with countries including France, US, Germany, Turkey, Britain and Poland.

“We need serious players who are ready to go all the way. We need a circle of countries who would within 24 hours provide us with any weapons,” said Zelensky.

“These countries need to be states who have real influence over the sanctions policy” and who are prepared to mobilize “as soon as we hear any threats from the Russian Federation,” he added.

“These countries would come together. And within 24 hours, two or three days will impose everything, block everything. And simply put this country in a containment,” he said.

Speaking on NATO membership, Zelensky said that even if Russia “sets it as a condition” that Ukraine does not join the alliance, the country has “given away too many lives not to be frank.”

“If we are offered NATO membership tomorrow without playing with our lives, then we will join,” he added.

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