Ukraine's president given recommendations on intl. security guarantees

A new set of recommendations on international security guarantees for Ukraine has been drawn up in the wake of Russia's military invasion.

The head of Ukraine's presidential office Andriy Yermak and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented the proposals to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday.

The report says, "The strongest security guarantee for Ukraine lies in its capacity to defend itself against an aggressor."

It continues, "Ukraine needs the resources to maintain a significant defensive force capable of withstanding" Russia's armed forces and paramilitaries.

It says that would require "a multi-decade effort of sustained investment in Ukraine's defense industrial base, scalable weapons transfers and intelligence support from allies, intensive training missions and joint exercises under the European Union and NATO flags."

The report suggests the framework should be named the Kyiv Security Compact, and signed between Ukraine and guarantor nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, European nations, Australia and Turkey.

It says the guarantees should be legally and politically binding.

The report adds, "A broader group of international partners including Japan, South Korea, among others, should also support a set of non-military guarantees based on sanctions."

Zelenskyy says the document is "the first yet crucially important step" that should become the basis of Ukraine's future security compact.

Ukrainian media quote Yermak as saying that the proposal is not an alternative to NATO membership and stressed that Kyiv will continue to seek membership in the organization.