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Ukraine's statement that it intends to seek accelerated NATO membership came as a surprise to the Joe Biden administration, Politico reported, citing U.S. officials.

Ukraine's membership in NATO has long been a sore point in Washington because of Article 5 of the charter, which requires the United States to militarily defend any member country that is under attack.

The West fears that Ukraine's immediate accession to NATO, which requires the unanimous approval of all 30 member states, would lead to war between the United States and Russia.

Some allies of former President Donald Trump even tried to persuade Ukraine to pledge not to join NATO.

Earlier on Friday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy requested accelerated accession to NATO following the signing of treaties on the accession to Russia of the self-proclaimed DNR, LNR, and Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

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