In a recent interview with CNN’s Farid Zakaria, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had been told that Ukraine was unlikely to join NATO in the near future. NATO countries told Zelensky that “publicly, the door will remain open”, however.
“The leaders of the world, NATO and most of the European Union were well aware of my position. I told them our time was running out, “said Jelensky. “You have to get Ukraine into NATO now. We do not have much time, you have to accept Ukraine as a member of the EU. We deserve this alliance, were you just reinforced. We are empowering you and you will see it, “Zelensky claimed, adding that world leaders had been informed in the months leading up to the war.
Zelensky was told that Ukraine would not be able to join NATO. The Ukrainian leader said that various NATO countries have security concerns, others lack public opinion and that Ukraine will not be able to join NATO. “They do not have a cohesive position and I have personally requested, directly to say that ‘we are going to take you to NATO in one or two or five years.’ Just say it directly and clearly, or just don’t say it, “said Zelensky.
“And the response was very clear; “You are not going to be a member of NATO or the EU, but publicly, the door will remain open,” the NATO president was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian president.
Regarding NATO, Zelensky: “I personally asked them that we are going to take you to NATO … just say it directly and clearly, or say no. The response was very clear, you are not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the door will remain open. “Https://t.co/oHCDeCyir0
– Natasha Bertrand (NatashaBertrand) March 20, 2022
In December, Biden told Zelensky that Ukraine’s joining NATO was during a phone call in their hands. “President Biden has made it very clear that Ukraine’s decision to join NATO is only a decision of the Ukrainian people, a sovereign and independent Ukrainian state,” said Andrei Yarmak, Zelensky’s chief of staff. “And it depends on Ukraine and NATO members.”
This was echoed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who said the nation supported Ukraine’s recent NATO invasion in June 2021.
Zelensky now acknowledges that Ukraine will not be able to join NATO, but not before revealing that a story is being presented to his government, when a completely different narrative was sold to the public. Ukraine’s president has continued to lobby for NATO intervention, although Washington has denied any military action against Russia. Most recently, Zelensky called on the United States and NATO to establish a no-fly-zone in Ukraine, which would require coalition forces to shoot down Russian aircraft.