Joining NATO: Ukraine still 'dreams of a place far away'

Joining NATO: Ukraine still ‘dreams of a place far away’


In a recent article, the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita commented that, despite the fact that the Biden-Putin summit did not affect the fate of Ukraine, it seems that Kiev is no longer willing to wait for promises on “brilliant member” in NATO from the West.

However, according to an adviser to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Oleksiy Arestovich, instead of giving a specific timeline, the West “pats” Ukraine, suggesting to wait and fight corruption in the country. .

According to Rzeczpospolita, the main conclusion that Ukraine came to after the Russia-US summit in Geneva was that its fate was not predetermined. Mr. Biden assured of support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and Mr. Putin, referring to the Minsk agreements made it clear that Moscow has no obligations to Ukraine.

Mikhail Pashkov, an analyst at the Razumkov Research Center in Kiev, explained to Rzeczpospolita: “The bottom line is probably determined by the fact that the meeting did not come to an end in relations between the US and Russia. Meanwhile, of course, Putin continues to insist that there are no Russians in the Donbass, which means he is in no hurry to resolve this conflict.”

Remember, in an interview with international media on June 14, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he wanted a clear “yes” or “no” answer from Joe Biden about whether the US President supported Ukraine joins the military alliance – currently includes 30 member states – or not.

“We must have a clear date, time, and possibility for Ukraine,” Zelensky added.

Seeing himself as a powerful outpost on NATO’s eastern flank, the Ukrainian president continued to warn that tensions could still escalate, saying that the majority of Russian troops were deployed near the Ukrainian border in the spring. so far have not withdrawn.

Zelensky once said that if Ukraine became a NATO member, tensions with Russia over eastern Ukraine would not escalate.

NATO member states have a mutual defense treaty under which if one member state is attacked, the other members will join the response. However, according to NBC News, this provision has only been activated once so far, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.

Joining NATO: Ukraine van 'goes away'
A soldier of the armed forces of Ukraine is observing a position in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

Contrary to expectations from Ukraine, on the same day, after a meeting with NATO leaders, US President Biden said that Ukraine still does not meet the standards required to join NATO.

“It depends on whether they meet the standard or not. The truth is they still have to clean up the corruption. They still have to meet other criteria to be in the Membership Action Plan (MAP). ) We’ll have to wait and see!” Biden said.

The US leader also noted that the conclusion that Ukraine can join NATO or not will depend on the alliance, not just the US. But in the meantime, he said, the US would still “do all we can” to help Ukraine deal with Russia’s moves.

The NATO summit has more to offer than Ukraine. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg mentioned Ukraine only twice in his remarks to the press after the summit – and neither time was it in the context of the MAP, an integral part of the process of becoming a member of NATO. NATO member.

“We stand in solidarity with our important partners Ukraine and Georgia. And we will continue to support their reforms, bringing them closer to NATO,” Stoltenberg said in the opening remarks, noting later that the alliance would “significantly increase training” and capacity building for partners, from Ukraine and Georgia to Iraq and Jordan.”

Ukraine’s dream of joining NATO is difficult to come true, partly because of Russia. The summit between the two leaders Putin-Biden held on June 16 in Switzerland showed that there are still many challenges that hinder all efforts to improve bilateral relations, including the Ukraine issue.

Ukraine is Russia’s “red line”. Moscow insists it will not stand still if Kiev joins NATO. This puts the US and Europe in a difficult position.

On the one hand, determined that Russia and its supporting forces cannot prevail in the Donbass region, Washington and Brussels pledge to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and provide financial and military support to Kiev against Moscow. . On the other hand, the US and NATO also do not want to respond to the request of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration, avoiding provoking the Kremlin. The statement of the US, France and Germany right after the summit in Brussels confirmed that.

Of course, to appease Ukraine, the US has many other ways. Recently, the White House is said to have “frozen” a military aid package worth $ 100 million to Ukraine. The reason for this decision is attributed to the importance of the Russia-US summit, plus the fact that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the border with Ukraine.

Speaking to the press, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed: “The information that we are suspending security aid to Ukraine is completely incorrect.”

According to Ms. Psaki, the US has transferred all the aid money passed by Congress to Ukraine. However, Ms. Psaki did not directly mention the additional $100 million aid package.

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