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‘They Do Not Want Us,’ Ukraine Says of NATO as Leaders Meet

  • Top Zelenskiy aide says alliance has not supported enough
  • Summit comes after Russian missile attack on shopping mall
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With one foot in the door on European Union membership, Ukraine’s leadership is feeling if anything even more bitter about NATO as the military alliance gathers in Spain for its annual summit.

Ukraine is told “you are not a member because we do not want you,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Deputy Chief of Staff Ihor Zhovkva, who is responsible for foreign policy, said in an interview in Kyiv. “NATO is telling us we are not giving you anything.”