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Zelenskyy Urges Strong NATO Leadership Against Russian Aggression in Reagan Institute Address


On July 9, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech at the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, DC, where he condemned Russia's assault on a children's hospital in Ukraine and emphasized the ongoing need for support.

“To win, so that the words said in the 20th century remain valid and relevant today: "Strategy for peace has always been simple – be strong enough, be determined enough so that no adversary would think even for a moment that war might pay." These are the words of Ronald Reagan. He said this in 1988 about NATO’s strategy. It is symbolic to repeat them now, on the eve of the NATO summit in Washington. Time passes, but more and more people reflect on what President Reagan said, did, and changed,” Zelenskyy said.

He also discussed topics such as limitations on military weaponry, negotiations with Russian President Putin to achieve peace, the crucial role of US leadership within NATO, and the upcoming 2024 election.

“It's time to step out of the shadows, make strong decisions, and act—not wait for November or any other month. We must be strong and uncompromising, all together. First, America and its leaders, and the President of the United States as the leader of the free world.”

“Imagine how much we can achieve when all limitations are lifted. We can protect cities from Russian glide bombs if American leadership takes a step forward allowing us to destroy Russian military aircraft on their bases. This will yield an instant result. We are waiting for it,” Ukrainian President stated. He also disclosed that Ukraine cannot “use all Western weaponry to strike everywhere in Crimea”.

Zelenskyy's remarks came after President Biden's announcement at the NATO Summit regarding additional air defense aid for Ukraine, which he acknowledged with gratitude.

“Together with America, the world can do the right things. When we all act, strong and determined, this must be our strategy. Right now, with all American power that no “Putins” can repel. America is too great for small deeds. Don’t wait months! America can be great every day,” Zelenskyy concluded.

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