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DW News published this video item, entitled “Ukrainian FM Kuleba: Border de-escalation ‘cannot be called a withdrawal’ | Conflict Zone” – below is their description.
“If they [Russia] had crossed that border, what do you think the West would have done for you?” DW’s Tim Sebastian asks the Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, on this week’s Conflict Zone.
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy last week, following the recent tension at the country’s eastern border with Russia. “We stand strongly with you,” said Blinken, but there was no detail on Ukraine’s ambitions to join NATO.
“We are aspirants, we are seeking membership, so we will keep pushing this story forward,” the foreign minister said, who spoke down the line from Kyiv.
“We are not a member of NATO yet,” Kuleba went on to say, “and I would like to say again, clearly and squarely, that this is our land. We will be defending it.”
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