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NATO Tells Ukraine 'We Do Not Want You,' Zelensky Aide Says
Sweden and Finland to become full member of the Alliance
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Ihor Zhovkva, the deputy chief of staff for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said in an interview Tuesday that Kyiv was told by NATO that it is “not a member because we do not want you.”
Zhovkva made the comment shortly after the Alliance announced that Turkey agreed to allow Finland and Sweden to join.
“NATO is telling us we are not giving you anything,” he said in an interview with a local news outlet in Kyiv, according to Bloomberg.
Finland and Sweden announced that they would seek membership shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and were greeted with open arms by Alliance leadership. They were even told that they would benefit from security guarantees during the waiting period.
But Ukraine has not benefited from its “partner” status in the Alliance. Sure, the country received billions in aid and weapons, but Kyiv has been forced to stand up to Russia on its own.
Some could argue that Ukraine was the victim misleading public statements from the U.S. and NATO prior to the invasion. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Moscow would be met with a“forceful” response if there was an invasion. Blinken went further and said the U.S. has a "sacred obligation" to defend its allies.
“We’re prepared to respond forcefully to further Russian aggression, but a diplomatic solution is still possible and preferable if Russia chooses,” Blinken said at the time. He continued, “Certainly part of (Putin’s) playbook is to put out a list of absolutely non-starter demands and then claim the other side is not engaging and then use that as somehow justification for aggressive action.”
Under Article 10 of the 1949 Washington Treaty, NATO has the right to invite any willing European country into the fold. But Stoltenberg made it clear, before the invasion, that there is a distinction between a NATO partner and ally. Kyiv is a partner. NATO is compelled to only defend allies. NATO countries never embraced Ukraine as an ally because it meant certain war with Russia.
Moscow has been complaining of the expansion of NATO into its backyard for years and saw the buildup as an existential threat. But the European Alliance responded to the Kremlin by saying it will not let Moscow dictate who becomes a member or where it expands.
Zhovkva told Bloomberg that NATO members have been donating weapons but he expected “more practical support from NATO, arguably the only body equipped to offer effective security guarantees against a nuclear armed Russia.”
NATO said in a statement that its allies will adopt a new Strategic Concept, which will reaffirm their commitment to NATO’s open door policy with respect to Ukraine and Georgia.
“Intimidation does not work”, Mircea Geoana, NATO’s deputy secretary-general, said. “NATO’s door remains open.”
TREND FORECAST: As The Trends Journal pointed out before the war, the U.S. will not go to war with Russia over Ukraine. The military in Ukraine is no match against the Russians, and its only hope for security in the future is to become a member of NATO, which will not happen.