The new president of Ukraine is committed to NATO and the EU

BRUSSELS: Ukraine The new president says that his country still hopes to become a member of the NATO military alliance and the European Union But he is open to peace talks with neighbors. Russia .

Standing beside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said "the strategic course of Ukraine to achieve full-fledged membership in the EU and NATO ... remains unchanged.''

Zelenskiy says ``armed aggression from Russia is a major challenge'' but he stands ready to negotiate with Moscow and respect the Minsk agreement meant to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine .

NATO and EU leaders had been waiting to hear the foreign policy aims of the politically inexperienced former television comedian sworn in last month