12:06 GMT30 July 2021
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    ROME (Sputnik) - Ukraine's Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak expressed hopes that NATO will allow Ukraine to join the alliance as soon as possible.

    "We hope that our partners will come to an agreement regarding our joining of NATO as soon as possible. The future of Ukraine depends on them. As our president said, this is the time when we are faced with danger, and this is the time when we need help", Yermak told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

    According to the official, Ukraine has implemented the required standards to a much greater extent when compared to some current member states.

    "We are carrying out reforms in all areas, but what is happening, especially the recent escalation of the conflict in Donbass and the recent concentration of Russian troops along the border, should be also taken into account. Ukraine is an outpost of democratic peace along that border. That's why we are expecting concrete and active actions from our allies", he further stated.

    Yermak also added that the cooperation between the United States and Ukraine meets the interests of people from both countries.

    In 2014, the Ukrainian parliament scrapped the country's non-aligned status. In September 2020, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky approved the new National Security Strategy which allows the country to partner up with NATO and eventually to become a memeber.

    The alliance summit is scheduled to take place on 14 June in Brussels.

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