Ukraine Says It’s No Longer Seeking To Join NATO Because It Won’t Be Accepted Anyway – Mothership.SG
Ukraine no longer seeks membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with US TV ABC News, AFP reported.
Zelensky explained that this was because NATO was “not ready to accept Ukraine”.
Ukraine understands that NATO is not ready to accept it as a member
“Regarding NATO, I lost interest in this issue after we realized that NATO was not ready to accept Ukraine. The alliance is afraid of contradictory things and confrontation with the Russian Federation,” he said, according to the Ukrainian News Agency. Interfax-Ukraine.
The conditions declared by Russia for a ceasefire include the obligation for Ukraine to modify its constitution to enshrine neutrality, which would prevent it from joining NATO or any similar organization, Reuters reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also demanded that NATO bar Ukraine from entering the US-led alliance.
Another condition is the recognition of Crimea as Russian territory.
In what appeared to be another nod to Russia, Zelensky also said he was open to a “compromise” on the status of the two breakaway territories of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states, AFP reported.
A few days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin gave a televised speech recognizing the eastern Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent and breakaway states.
Zelensky said in the interview that he was open to “discussing and finding a compromise” on the issue, but stressed that these “temporarily occupied territories and unrecognized republics” are currently only recognized by Russia.
Zelensky insisted that Ukraine would not be a country that “asks for something on its knees”, and argued:
“I am ready for dialogue, but we are not ready for surrender.”
Why is Russia against Ukraine’s involvement in NATO?
In September 2020, Zelensky also endorsed a new National Security Strategy, which included NATO membership as a stated goal.
Previously, the Ukrainian army also held joint military exercises with NATO forces, according to Reuters.
These moves were categorized by Putin as part of a new military strategy of “confrontation with Russia and sets itself the goal of involving foreign states in a conflict with our country.”
However, despite Ukraine’s aspirations for NATO (and Putin making an issue of it), it is not about to join the alliance because it does not meet its demands – Ukraine is still struggling to solve problems of official corruption, for example, because PA underline.
Top photo via Office of the President of Ukraine on Facebook
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