[as translated from the Ukrainian language by the Ukrainian Govt]
Ladies and Gentlemen!
I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today at the NATO Summit, which
will be crucial and groundbreaking.
Today is really the beginning of a new history. Not just for NATO's eastern
flank, but for the entire Alliance. For the whole Euro-Atlantic community. In a
time of extremely aggressive Kremlin, the world needs an extremely bold
And I am sure that the next summit in a year will show the results of this
summit and what the future of NATO will be. I am grateful once again for this
opportunity, and my address to you at the next NATO summit, next year - with my
direct participation, not this online format - will be a testament to our common
victory. But next year could be a worse situation - if not only Ukraine, but
also several other states, possibly members of the Alliance, come under fire
from Russia. And then it will be our common failure - Ukraine and NATO.
You are all well aware of what Russia's goals really are. For many years it has
been threatening to start a war. Threatened - if Ukraine joins NATO. But Ukraine
is not in NATO, and Russia's full-scale war against our state has been ongoing
for 126 days - after 8 years of war in Donbas. So why has everyone believed for
decades that it was NATO that could provoke Russia into something by its
Russia's goals are known. They are obvious. The Russian leadership sees the
world differently. Not like you. They see Lithuania, for example, not as a
member of your Alliance, but as a republic of the Soviet Union. For us, it is an
independent state and has long been a former republic of the USSR, for us it is
the past, and they see it as a possible future, they want to enslave it again.
They consider it that way. They see it that way. And the same goes for every
country that is Russia's neighbor. For every state that was once under Moscow's
Only now - at this summit - will you identify Russia as your main threat, but
you have been an enemy for them for a really long time already. And the ideology
of Russia is based on this, it is reflected one hundred percent in its
propaganda, its task is to break you, to put pressure on you. And it is
surprising that the work of propagandists, Russian television in some of your
countries continues! This is not about freedom of speech. This is a concrete
preparation of war against you, within your states.
And please look at our state - what it can lead to in yours! Russia's tactics
are very simple. It destroys everything - houses, shopping malls, schools,
hospitals. More than 2,800 missiles since February 24, and the vast majority
were aimed at civilian targets! What is it for? What are the bombs for? What are
total artillery strikes for?
The Russian army is doing everything possible to force as many people as
possible to leave their cities. So that there is nothing but ruins. And then the
so-called "second army of the world" enters these cities - already empty and
already dead. And it does not want to stop in Donbas or somewhere in the south
of Ukraine, it wants to absorb city after city, all of us, and then all in
Europe, whom the Russian leadership considers its property, not independent
states. This is Russia's real goal.
The question is - who is next for it? Moldova? Or the Baltic countries? Or
Poland? The answer is - all of them.
The some goes, by the way, with the food crisis - with the blockade of Ukrainian
ports, with the famine that Russia is provoking. What is the real target? You!
The same! Hunger is a tool, a means. And its real goal is to put pressure on
you, and it's chaos, it's new waves of migration to Europe.
Isn't that the case with energy? Why is Russia pulling the gas noose? Why is it
putting pressure on Europe? For you to ask. For you to be humiliated. For you to
be completely dependent. So that you can be forced to give up your freedom, your
democracy and your values - for the sake of certain interests of the Russian
We need to see the real goals of Russia. And if they were different, now there
would be no desire of Finland and Sweden to join the Alliance - to get common
Ladies and Gentlemen!
While democracies were calling on the Russian leadership to have reason and
morality, Russia was accumulating power and missiles. You, the democratic
leaders, have urged it to respect international law, but tyrants understand
force. And force only! And this is clearly seen in those areas of Ukraine where
the Russian army has been severely rebuffed.
Ukraine commends the decision on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the
Alliance. And it is very good that this has happened now - before Russia could
start acting against these states as well. But is Russia doing anything against
them now given this decision? No, and you see it.
The Russian leadership has publicly stated that the Leningrad streets taught
them the rules of life. There, any attempts at dialogue and appeasement are
perceived only as weakness and fear. There, you don't make a phone call to
anyone to talk when you have to hit back. There, you either hit or lose. This is
exactly how the Russian state sees the world right now. And this vision cannot
be ignored, its true goals cannot be ignored. You need to answer them. And I'm
sure you all know how to respond.
In fact, our goals - the goals of Ukraine - are exactly the same as yours. We
are interested in security and stability on the European continent and in the
world. It is in our interest that the lives of nations are determined not by the
infamous Munich speech of one leader, but by international law. We are
interested in the absence of any "gray zones" and territories of total war,
where there is nothing left but ruins. You are also interested in this.
Helping Ukraine end this war by winning on the battlefield now - that is, giving
a really strong answer to what Russia is doing - is what we and each of your
states and the whole Alliance, the whole Euro-Atlantic community need. If you
really identify Russia as your threat, your main threat, you must fully support
its main - the first - target. This is not a war of Russia only against Ukraine,
this is a war for the right to dictate conditions in Europe. For what the future
world order will be like. That is why it is absolutely necessary to support
Ukraine right now with weapons, finances and political sanctions against Russia
that will stop its ability to pay for the war.
Ukraine needs modern missile and air defense - and you have these systems. By
providing them to us, you can completely break Russia's tactics to destroy
cities and terrorize the civilian population of Ukraine. This is a fundamental
thing. The distance from Kyiv to Madrid is less than the range of the missiles
used against us today. Can one state respond to such a threat without the help
of partners? You can provide this help. And we are grateful for the help you
have already given.
Russia relies primarily on artillery on the battlefield. On artillery
superiority. Dozens of times more strikes than we currently can respond with.
Ukraine has already received modern artillery systems - and I am very grateful
to you. But the war continues and it is a war in which artillery is of great
importance. The war should not drag on. To prevent this, we need to break the
Russian artillery advantage - a significant advantage, we need much more such
modern systems, modern artillery.
Financial support for Ukraine is no less important than aid with weapons. Russia
still receives billions every day - and spends them on the war. We have a
multibillion-dollar deficit - we do not have oil and gas, which could cover it.
We need about $ 5 billion a month - you know that, and that's a fundamental
thing as well. This is exactly what is needed for defense and protection.
And we need a new understanding of NATO's eastern flank. It is possible to get
rid of the "gray zone" and guarantee security only together with Ukraine. Just
think about one fact now: today, a non-NATO country, albeit with your support,
has been holding back a state that you all officially identify as your main
threat for more than four months. We are deterring Russia from destroying us and
from destroying you.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Russia must be isolated. It should not be in those international structures it
wants to destroy. There should be no dialogues that don't make sense until it
starts looking for that dialogue itself. It must seek dialogue itself, itself,
and therefore seek peace. And, for the sake of peace, the understanding of
NATO's eastern flank must be revised. Is it a coincidence that all Allies in the
east, all our neighbors, stand for Ukraine's membership in NATO? No, this is not
a coincidence. This is logic. This is the understanding of life in our region.
NATO's open door policy should not resemble the old Kyiv metro turnstiles: they
are open, and when you approach, the turnstiles close until you pay. Hasn’t
Ukraine paid enough yet? Is our contribution to the defense of Europe and the
whole civilization still insufficient? What else is needed then?
I can say what we need: we need security guarantees, and you have to find a
place for Ukraine in the common security space.
There will be either urgent help for Ukraine, which is enough to win, or
Russia's postponed war with you.
You are now adopting the strategy of the Alliance - and this is first and
foremost a strategy for the security of your societies, your states. Strategy
for ten years. 126 days of full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Cruise missiles,
torture, children murdered, women raped... We do not have 10 years. Do you have
them? Are you really sure about that?
Thanks again for the invitation.
Thank you very much for your attention.
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