Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s ruler has claimed that NATO’s (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) indecisiveness about Kyiv joining the bloc was a sign of “weakness.” Zelensky wrote on Twitter that the West’s “indecisiveness” on the issue of Ukraine joining NATO was a sign of “weakness” in the U.S.-led military alliance.
The U.S. delegation attending the NATO summit in Vilnius was “furious” over the tweet in which Zelensky criticized the military alliance for its reluctance to provide a concrete roadmap for Kyiv’s accession to the bloc, the Washington Post reported. The Post cited an “unknown official” on the matter.
On Tuesday, Zelensky wrote on Twitter that he had been informed that the final text of a statement issued at the summit would not include a timeline for Ukraine’s membership of NATO.
He called this omission “unprecedented and absurd,” and suggested that “indecisiveness” on the issue was a sign of “weakness” in the U.S.-led military alliance. Zelensky claimed that Kyiv’s Western backers had decided “to bargain Ukraine’s membership in NATO in negotiations with Russia.” –RT
The paper pointed out that Zelensky “blasting the alliance stood in stark contrast to the image of Western harmony that [U.S. President Joe] Biden and his aides had been projecting” at the event. This is likely to make a meeting scheduled to take place in Vilnius on Wednesday between the US and Ukrainian leaders “one of the summit’s most high-profile engagements,” it added.
A senior NATO official allegedly told The Washington Post that Zelensky’s “tweet puts pressure on the alliance,” while also helping him “to say, ‘I am fighting to the end’” to the population of Ukraine. Also on Tuesday, an unnamed senior diplomat from Central Europe told Politico that Zelensky “is going too far” with his criticism of NATO. “I think that this is not a thoughtful and fair approach” from the Ukrainian leader, he added.
Considering the number of weapons the rulers of NATO countries have given to Zelensky, it seems like a terrible idea to start criticizing your only allies when in a war that isn’t winnable.
According to the New York Times, Biden told CNN on Sunday that it was“premature” to speak about NATO membership for Ukraine, explaining that Kyiv needs to carry out more reforms and achieve “democratization” before it can become part of the bloc. U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan explained on the sidelines of the summit in Vilnius that allowing Ukraine to join the alliance now would lead NATO “into a war with Russia.”
Moscow has long viewed Ukraine’s NATO membership as a reason to start World War 3. In fact, Russia claims Ukraine’s insistence in joining the bloc was one of the big reasons they started a military offensive against Kyiv in 2022.
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