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Ukrainian International Minister pushes back again on Russian needs, says ‘Ukraine is trying to find membership in NATO’


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Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba is pushing back again on Russian needs and said flatly that “Ukraine is seeking membership in NATO” through an episode of CBS’ “60 minutes.”

Kuleba told CBS’ Lesley Stahl that Ukraine is not backing down on its ambitions to be a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Firm on an episode of “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday.

He also said that Ukraine is not sending “signals” that it truly is prepared to back again down on its ambition to sign up for NATO in an energy to meet just one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s requires.

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during a joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister following their meeting in Kyiv on February 15, 2022. 

Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks throughout a joint push convention with Italian Overseas Minister next their assembly in Kyiv on February 15, 2022. 
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“We are not sending these kinds of signals,” Kuleba explained, responding to a question from Stahl. “The greater part of Ukrainians want Ukraine to come to be a member of NATO.”

In its place, Kuleba claimed if Ukraine succeeds, the whole democratic earth will be safer.

“The only sign we are sending to the planet is that if Ukraine succeeds, and if Russia pulls back, it will be much safer for the total democratic environment,” Kuleba reported.

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A Ukrainian serviceman stands in an observation point near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. 

A Ukrainian serviceman stands in an observation issue near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk area, in japanese Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. 
(WHD Photograph/Vadim Ghirda)

He added that the United States has not pressured Ukraine to abandon its ideas to be a part of NATO, but said “a several European associates of NATO” have pressured them to pull back.

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A serviceman takes his position in a trench at the line of separation near Yasne village, about 33,6 km (21,2 miles) south-west of Donetsk, controlled by Russia-backed separatists, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. 

A serviceman requires his placement in a trench at the line of separation close to Yasne village, about 33,6 km (21,2 miles) south-west of Donetsk, controlled by Russia-backed separatists, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. 
(WHD Picture/Alexei Alexandrov)

Kuleba said that a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine will come with “large destruction on Russia itself.”

“Economically, simply because of sanctions that will be slammed on Russia quickly. Militarily, since we are not the nation that will give up. This is our land, we will be defending it,” Kuleba mentioned.  “You see, [Russia] tried using to suffocate us, destabilize us, and shatter us from the inside of for the last 300 many years. But they failed. I am nonetheless sitting here with you, a overseas minister of independent Ukraine. We know the risk, we comprehend it, we discovered how to live with it, and we stand for a just cause,” Kuleba reported.

The remarks appear amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, as Russia now has above 150,000 troops along Ukraine’s border. 

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