The US said Ukraine’s attempt to join NATO should be done “at another time”, shortly after Zelensky signed the application to join the alliance.
“In our view, the best way to support Ukraine now is through actual, on-the-ground support. The process of joining NATO should be done another time,” the national security adviser said. US Jake Sullivan speaks during a press conference at the White House on September 30.
The statement was made by Sullivan after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application to join NATO and asked the alliance to quickly admit it. This is considered a strong reaction of Kiev to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to annex four provinces of Donetsk, Lugasnk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in eastern and southern Ukraine.
If Ukraine’s application is accepted, NATO forces will be officially drawn into the war, directly confronting the Russian military and potentially escalating the conflict.
At the press conference, Mr. Sullivan reiterated earlier comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that membership requires consensus from all 30 members of the US-led bloc. Stoltenberg also pledged “steadfast” support for Ukraine, but insisted that did not make NATO a party to the conflict with Russia.
Theo Newsweek, Mr. Sullivan’s comments are said to be “cold water” on Ukraine’s desire to join NATO, but potentially ease tensions with Russia. Putin has raised the possibility that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons if the very existence of the country is threatened, leading to fears that any military escalation, such as the establishment of a no-fly zone over Ukraine, could can lead to serious consequences.
Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership is one of the reasons for its current conflict with neighboring Russia. Ukraine included this goal in its 2019 constitution, despite Russia’s warnings that NATO’s ability to deploy forces and weapons on its borders would constitute an unacceptable security threat.
Before launching the military operation in February, Russia accused the West of ignoring legitimate concerns about its security, which NATO denied.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned on September 14 that Russia would increase the intensity of its operation in Ukraine if it signed a security agreement with the United States and the West, a document that Moscow assessed “shows that there is still room for improvement.” possibility of Ukraine joining NATO”.
Huyen Le (Theo Newsweek, RT)