Zelenskiy says Ukraine 'very close' to achieving its NATO membership goal

Ukraine's President Zelenskiy and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg attend press conference, during NATO's 75th anniversary summit, in Washington

KYIV (Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that Ukraine was very close to achieving its goal of NATO membership despite the military alliance not offering a political invitation to join at a summit in Washington.

"We are very close to our goal," he told a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Washington, adding that the next step would be an invitation followed by eventual membership.

(Reporting by Yuliia Dysa; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Chizu Nomiyama)