Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called on NATO to resolve the issue of Sweden and Ukraine’s membership bids, saying indecision is threatening the strength of the alliance and global security.

Battling a Russian invasion for more than 16 months, Kyiv has expressed increasing frustration with its Western allies over guarantees that it will one day join the alliance.

He spoke on a visit to Slovakia before he was due to head to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has stalled Stockholm’s membership bid to NATO.

“I think there is not enough unity on this,” Zelensky said during a press conference.

“This is a threat to the strength of the alliance,” the Ukrainian leader said, adding: “This is very important for the security of the whole world.”

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Zelensky said Kyiv expected “positive results or at least some steps towards the positive outcome” at a Vilnius summit next week.

“I believe that the situation with the aggressor, with Russia, depends on this,” he said.

“Because Russia is counting on the world to show weakness and disunity in the Alliance, and this cannot be allowed,” he added.

Zelensky also said he expected “defence packages” at the summit. “And not just promises, but with clear deadlines.”

Zelensky arrived in Slovakia, Ukraine’s western neighbour, from Prague and will be heading to Istanbul for talks with Erdogan later on Friday.

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Balf Thomas
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Throw out Turkey and Hungary and bring in Sweden and Ukraine

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Paul
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If there is a bright spot in all of the madness, it is President Zelensky. He resonates that of a true born leader. He stands and works tirelessly for his people. Ukraine is fortunate to have him.

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I support
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I agree now is the time and place to break the Russian army. Nato smarten up give the Ukraine a promise that they will become,part of Nato. Give them the proper tools to fight back they are gaining territory with out airsuppot and long range missles. Fighting a war that's saving your ass. Now is not the time to be wishy washy you owe them pay up dig deep because if this war becomes larger its game over world. So do the right thing and do it faster.

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@I support, just heard the Czech republic is giving attach helicopters and F16 training. So if the Czech republic can give that where the hell are the rest of Nato?

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