FAST FIVE: Ukraine Applies For "Accelerated" NATO Membership, Stoltenberg To Speak Soon

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Ukraine Applies For “Accelerated” NATO Membership, Stoltenberg To Speak Soon Ukraine's government has responded to Russia's formal annexation of the four eastern and southern regions of┬áLuhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia on Friday by saying it has applied to become a member of the NATO military alliance.

This could mark a huge escalation and turning point in the war, largely dependent on NATO leadership's response, given the question of NATO expansion right up to Russia's border remains a central motive in the Kremlin launching and continuing the invasion.

September 30th photo, via Ukrainian President's Office Of course, looming large over Brussels is the fact that based on Article 5, any acceptance of Ukraine into NATO would automatically trigger a Russia-West world war, and follows increasing nuclear rhetoric out of Moscow.

But Zelensky's response to this was quickly issued: Ukraine offered Russia “to agree on coexistence on equal, honest, dignified, and fair terms,” but this is impossible with “this Russian president.” “We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another president of Russia.” Zelensky response: He says Ukraine is de facto part of NATO alliance.

However NATO chooses to respond, the reality remains that NATO has already been at Russia's doorstep in Ukraine for years at this point, with weapons shipments and military infrastructure continuing.

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