Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has said that his country was open to creative thinking about the future security status of the country.
The Minister spoke to reporters after meeting with his counterpart from Russia, Sergey Lavrov in Turkey on Thursday, according to CNN.
“It’s written in our constitution to eventually join NATO as a full member and enjoy security guarantees. But we understand this is not going to happen in the blink of an eye or the foreseeable future,” he said.
Kuleba said his country is aware NATO is not ready to act collectively to stop the war and to protect Ukrainian civilians from Russian attacks
“This poses a question,” said Kuleba. “How to assure the security of Ukraine between now and eventual membership in NATO.
“…Ukraine exists in a security vacuum and we have to think creatively on how to address this issue.”
The meeting between the two high ranking Russian and Ukrainian officials on Thursday ended without an agreement between the two sides on evacuation corridors out of besieged areas, nor on a ceasefire in Ukraine.
According to Kuleba, a “broad narrative Lavrov conveyed today was that they [Russia] will continue their aggression until we surrender.”
He said he hopes Lavrov will follow up on the humanitarian issues in Ukraine by “reaching out to his colleagues in charge who can make decisions.”