It seems Ukraine will never join NATO…

This video interview was given March 19.

Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN Sunday that Ukraine will never be allowed to join NATO or the European Union.  In that case, what is the fighting about?  Here is the CNN report:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that if his country had been admitted into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance earlier, then Russia would not have invaded the country.

“If we were a NATO member, a war wouldn’t have started. I’d like to receive security guarantees for my country, for my people,” Zelensky told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on “GPS,” adding that he was grateful for the aid NATO has provided since the invasion began. “If NATO members are ready to see us in the alliance, then do it immediately because people are dying on a daily basis.”

He continued, “But if you are not ready to preserve the lives of our people, if you just want to see us straddle two worlds, if you want to see us in this dubious position where we don’t understand whether you can accept us or not — you cannot place us in this situation, you cannot force us to be in this limbo.

“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,” Zelensky said.

“And the response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open,” he said.

If Ukraine is never going to be admitted to NATO, what is Russia fighting to prevent?  And why does the USA publicly insist on Ukraine’s right to do something it is not going to be allowed to do?

I think Scott Ritter’s interview above provides the answer.  Ukraine is not part of NATO, but it is a vassal of NATO.  By vassal, I mean a person or community that serves an overlord, and in return serves protection from that overlord.

Since the new pro-American government took power in 2014, Ukraine’s military forces have been receiving NATO training and NATO equipment.  For practical purposes, Ukraine is a member of NATO in every respect except having a voice and a vote. 

The same is true of the European Union.  Ukraine signed an Association Agreement with the European Union in 2014 and received an International Monetary Fund loan.  This took down certain trade barriers between the EU and Ukraine, opened up Ukraine to EU investment and also required Ukraine to align its foreign and military policies with the EU as a whole.

So businesses in the European Union have essentially got what they want from Ukraine—access to its rich farmland and natural resources.  According to Wikipedia, the EU has replaced Russia as Ukraine’s main trading partner.

The bottom line: Formal NATO membership for Ukraine is a red herring.  The real issue is whether Ukraine will be a vassal of the USA or a vassal of Russia.

The best thing for Ukraine would be neutral, and have good relations with all nations.  As an American, I would be fine with that.  But this is not a choice on offer.

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2 Responses to “It seems Ukraine will never join NATO…”

  1. Patrick Berting Says:

    I think Nato would love to extend membership to Ukraine but they know that would be seen by the Russias as crossing the line. Perhaps Nato could have reassured the Russians that they wouldn’t admit Ukraine, however they didn’t due to pride: We’re not gonna let the Russians tell us what to do! As you say, a neutral Ukraine would not have provoked Putin. A status like Finland would have been acceptable.

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  2. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    We never offered them NATO membership because we suspected this would be the result. Azov is absolutely critical to the Russian Black Sea fleet. What are the chances a NATO member would continue to lease it to the country NATO exists to oppose?

    Putin tried to pull off the same stunt he did with Belarus and Kazakhstan. A bit of military intervention to install a pro-Russian regime. Then he could focus him military along the border with the Baltics. It didn’t work, mainly because he telegraphed his move with the invasion of the Donbas and Crimea. Ukraine spent those 8 years very quietly preparing a defenses.

    As for Finnish neutrality…

    https://www.airforcemag.com/finland-formalizes-deal-for-64-block-4-f-35s/

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