Future Ukrainian NATO Membership In Question With Possibility of New President

Presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky

KIEV, Ukraine—The Ukrainian presidential election will head to a runoff April 21 after Volodymyr Zelensky received 30.3 percent of the Ukrainian vote and current President Petro Poroshenko received 16 percent in the first round of voting, according to exit polling. Observers say Ukraine’s hopes for NATO membership may be in jeopardy with the possibility of a new president.

Ukraine’s sitting president, Poroshenko had been working toward membership in the European Union as well as the NATO alliance. Zelensky had been leading significantly in the polls up until the March 31 vote, but his lead in exit polling was much higher than anticipated.