Ukraine And NATO

Ukraine was barred from entry into NATO until it cleaned up its act and work on clean out corruption and extend democracy… since Russia’s ill-fated invasion of Ukraine the world including NATO are considering Ukraine for membership. But why?

Zelensky has tried to play Europe to rush through their membership….but sadly it is not falling on supportive ears…..

On September 30, in the tailwind of Russia’s announcement that Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia would be annexed by Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a renewed plea for Ukrainian membership in NATO. 

The Ukrainian president made his case for membership by pointing out that “de facto, we have already made our way to NATO.” With that statement, he lifted up Russia’s claim that it is “now in a direct war with the U.S.” or, as Putin said on September 21, that Russia is fighting “the entire Western military machine.”

In other words, Zelensky’s request has further fed into Russian fears that Ukraine has already become a Western vassal. For Ukraine and its allies, it also highlighted, once again, that Kyiv is not a member of NATO. And, judging by the muted response from NATO leaders, that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Take NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who repeated that the door is open to all European countries before slamming the door shut again by saying that “our focus now is on providing immediate support to Ukraine to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s brutal invasion.”

If that wasn’t enough, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan then pretty much locked the door, saying Ukraine’s application “should be taken up at a different time.”

This is a reminder to the people of Ukraine — the people who are directly suffering the horrors of this war — that the U.S. and its NATO allies are more than happy to send weapons to Ukrainian soldiers but remain unwilling to send their own men and women to fight.

Biden has repeatedly insisted that the U.S. “will not fight the third world war in Ukraine,” hence the  immediate reason NATO won’t entertain Zelensky’s entreaties: Article 5 could be triggered immediately in the face of continued Russian aggression against the defenses, infrastructure, and populace in Ukraine.

Zelensky’s NATO bid falls flat

Of course Russia takes exception to the possibility of a Ukraine membership….

A Russian Security Council official said Thursday that Ukraine joining NATO would guarantee World War III when commenting on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s recent attempt to join the alliance.

After Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech on annexing Ukrainian territory on September 30, Zelensky submitted a “fast-track” application to join NATO, which was quickly shot down.

Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, said that Zelensky’s application was a propaganda move. “Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation to World War Three,” he said.

Venediktov said that the US and its allies also recognize that Ukraine can’t join NATO without sparking a world war. “The suicidal nature of such a step is understood by NATO members themselves,” he said.

During the lead-up to Russia’s February 24 invasion, Putin was seeking a guarantee from the US that Ukraine won’t ever join NATO. Even though President Biden made clear at the time that Ukraine wouldn’t be joining the alliance anytime in the foreseeable future, he refused to make the promise.

Back in March, when seemingly discussing the period before the war, Zelensky said he asked for a straight answer about whether or not Ukraine would become a NATO member. He was told no, but that “publicly,” the door would remain open.

“I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five, just say it directly and clearly, or just say no,” he told CNN. “And the response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open.”

While NATO has no plans to accept Ukraine as a full member, Politico reported Wednesday that the alliance it is working on a 10-year plan to rebuild the country’s military and arms industry. The idea would be to focus on shifting the country from using Soviet equipment to primarily using NATO weapons, making it a de facto NATO member.


The world should not be held up to blackmail…and that is exactly what Zelensky is doing regardless of how he puts lipstick on the request….it is a bad idea.   Period!

What to do, what to do?

The GOP may do something that I can agree with……

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested on Tuesday that major Ukraine aid may be more difficult to pass if the House is controlled by Republicans after the upcoming mid-term elections.

“I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine. They just won’t do it. … It’s not a free blank check,” McCarthy told Punchbowl News.

While spending billions on the war in Ukraine still has strong bipartisan support, 57 House Republicans voted against the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill that was passed in May.

McCarthy and other Republican leaders are still in favor of supporting Ukraine, but more GOP members are said to be questioning the policy. So far, the US has authorized over $67 billion to spend on the war, more than Russia’s entire military budget for 2021.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, downplayed McCarthy’s comments and said he believes the GOP concerns are more over the lack of oversight.

There still is virtually no oversight for the tens of billions of dollars that have been sent to Ukraine, which covers not only military aid but also direct funding of the Ukrainian government.


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17 thoughts on “Ukraine And NATO

  1. As of the news this morning, the US has sent 17 billion dollars worth of materiel to the Ukraine, so I can understand Russia feeling they are at war with us – that does not bode well for us, does it?

  2. Yes, just abandon Ukraine and let the Russians have it so that Putin can get himself prepared to take on some of the NATO countries that were once under the Russian Umbrella and let us see how that plays out. Uraine is not the last sentence in the Putin playbook. He is going to go after the Baltics and all the rest of the former Soviet satellites … and maybe even Alaska itself. Yes, let the Republicans cut everything that could protect us in a war with Russia .. Maybe those sons of bitches would be the first to appease Russia by signing over Alaska to them ….While we are at it, we need to be building up our own nuclear capabilities —so that we can be on a level playing field with Russia and China.

      1. It would embolden Putin to attack NATO and that would drag us into a war against Russia in a big big way and that would be an immediate not only to the security of the United States but to our existence as well.

      2. Putin is not that stupid but he is isolated, he is paranoid, he is deranged, he is getting cornered and he is like a rat with nowhere to run so he will bite hard if he feels threatened.

      3. Your opinion is valid I just do not agree with it…..Putin is smarter than people think he is and any nuke BS will effect Southern Russia more than any where else. chuq

      4. It does not matter that Putin’s use of nukes would affect Russian territory directly. Do you remember wh en Hitler was ready to let the German people die if they were to lose his war? I am sure that Putin would be more than willing to sacrifice all of Russia if he thought it necessary … He does not seem to discriminate against the people he is willing to kill to achieve a goal …He is already sending his own people into the meatgrinding war as conscripts …No, I believe he is perfectly willing to burn Russia to the ground…and in my way of thinking, there is nothing smart about that.

      5. Putin is not Hitler…..I appreciate your opinion but I do not agree….I guess we will have to wait and see which is more accurate. chuq

  3. I cannot see Ukraine being admitted to NATO in the foreseeable future, but it is also clear that Russia is incapable of waging a conventional war against all the NATO members, even fully mobilised. That would leave Putin with only a nuclear option, which would also destroy most of Russia in the process. Whether or not his supporters are ready to allow him to do that is the big question. And also a gamble.
    “Who blinks first?”
    Best wishes, Pete.

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