Since the war broke out, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has not left his country, not even on a quick visit. It has received numerous visits from international leaders and its ministers and other public officials have traveled to attend various international forums.. Even his wife, Oelana Zelenska, went to Brussels last week to participate in an event called “Women in Conflict.” But he has not done so and he has always preferred to participate in the different meetings electronically. aware perhaps of the strong symbolic image of a president who does not abandon his people in the worst of times.
This could change at the NATO meeting to be held on June 29 and 30 in Madrid. “The president is invited to address all leaders. He’s more than welcome if he comes in person, but if he can’t, he’ll do it again via video conference. We are looking forward to hearing from you and allies are very committed to your support and to showing their solidarity, not only with words but with deeds.
The president already spoke to us at the last summit and will do so again in Madrid in two weeks”, the secretary general of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, explained on Wednesday when asked about this issue.
This Wednesday and Thursday, a meeting of the Alliance defense ministers will take place in the community capital, which will serve as preparation for the meeting in Madrid and will address the supply of weapons to Ukraine as well as the strengthening of the Eastern flank of the Alliance to against the Russian threat. NATO recognizes the need to arm Ukraine with state-of-the-art heavy weapons while considering more troops for the eight Alliance battalions that are now deployed. Stoltenberg has assured that “it is still too early” to know if there will be progress in the accession process of Finland and Sweden at the Madrid summit. Turkey is vetoing entry as it believes the two Nordic countries are not doing enough to fight terrorism, referring to Kurdish separatist movements.