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Zelenskyy Criticizes NATO’s Inadequate Plans for Ukraine

by Madison Thomas
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Ukraine's NATO membership

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Tuesday lambasted NATO’s failure to provide a timetable for Ukraine’s admission into the alliance. His severe critique disrupted a meeting intended to bolster unity among NATO leaders against Russian belligerence.

Zelenskyy’s comments risk reviving tensions at the summit, which had just experienced a positive momentum shift after Turkey’s endorsement of Sweden’s intention to join NATO. The aim is to resolve fluctuating negotiations, thereby defining a concrete path for the alliance’s support for Ukraine.

A draft proposal concerning Ukraine’s potential membership has been prepared but not made public yet. Despite U.S. President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg indicating support, Zelenskyy expressed his dissatisfaction via Twitter.

“We appreciate our allies,” he stated, adding, “Ukraine also warrants respect.”

The Ukrainian President labeled it as “unprecedented and ridiculous” for the lack of set timelines for both the invitation and Ukraine’s membership. He concluded by stating, “Uncertainty signifies weakness. And I will discuss this candidly at the summit.”

On Wednesday, Zelenskyy is slated to engage with Biden and other NATO leaders.

The alliance has seen internal disagreements over Ukraine’s aspiration to join NATO, a promise made in 2008, albeit with minimal progress towards achieving this objective.

Earlier this week, Stoltenberg pledged in a Foreign Affairs article to strengthen political relations with Ukraine by establishing a NATO-Ukraine Council to facilitate decision-making and crisis consultation.

However, Zelenskyy’s apprehensions persist. Baltic states, including Lithuania, the summit’s host, have advocated for a resolute show of support and a well-defined roadmap to membership for Ukraine.

Contrarily, the United States and Germany are advocating prudence. Biden recently stated that Ukraine is not prepared for NATO membership, as the country must meet all qualifications, including democratization and other governance-related concerns. Additionally, there are fears that Ukraine’s inclusion in NATO might incite Russia rather than deter aggression.

As the NATO summit proceeds, the issue of Ukraine sharply contrasts the hard-fought agreement to support Sweden’s membership. This agreement is set to enhance NATO’s influence in Northern Europe.

Reflecting on the successful negotiations, Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, noted, “Rumors of the demise of NATO’s unity were greatly overstated.”

The Kremlin has expressed dissatisfaction, with spokesperson Dmitry Peskov warning against hastily making Ukraine a NATO member, citing potential risks to European security.

Meanwhile, Biden’s discussions with Turkish President Erdogan regarding Turkey’s demands for advanced American fighter jets and EU membership are awaited. The White House maintains that these issues are separate from Sweden’s NATO membership.

The NATO summit forms the main part of Biden’s five-day European tour. The President had meetings in the UK on Monday, and following the summit’s conclusion on Wednesday, he will travel to Helsinki to meet with Nordic leaders and celebrate Finland’s recent NATO entry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukraine’s NATO membership

What was Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s critique of NATO?

President Zelenskyy criticized NATO’s failure to provide a clear timetable for Ukraine’s admission into the alliance, which he voiced during a meeting of NATO leaders.

What was the purpose of the NATO summit meeting?

The NATO summit meeting was intended to bolster unity among NATO leaders against Russian aggression.

What was President Zelenskyy’s opinion on Ukraine’s potential membership to NATO?

Zelenskyy expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of set timelines for both the invitation to and actual membership in NATO for Ukraine. He noted that uncertainty is a sign of weakness and plans to discuss this openly at the summit.

What was the response from NATO to Ukraine’s desire to join the alliance?

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg pledged to strengthen political ties with Ukraine by creating a NATO-Ukraine Council to aid decision-making and crisis consultation. However, some member states, like the US and Germany, urged for caution given a range of concerns.

What did President Biden say about Ukraine’s readiness to join NATO?

President Biden recently stated that Ukraine isn’t ready to join NATO as members need to meet all qualifications, including democratization and other governance-related issues. He indicated that these concerns stem from long-standing issues regarding governance and corruption in Kyiv.

How did other countries respond to Ukraine’s potential NATO membership?

The Baltic states, including Lithuania, advocated for a strong show of support and a clear roadmap to membership for Ukraine. On the other hand, the Kremlin warned against hastily making Ukraine a NATO member, citing potential risks to European security.

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5 comments

Vicky_88 July 11, 2023 - 7:23 pm

Honestly Biden’s right though, Ukraine needs to fix its internal issues before thinking about joining NATO. Corruption’s a big deal!

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MaxK July 11, 2023 - 9:28 pm

So now, everyone is holding their breath for what happens next, the geopolitics is like watching a thriller movie. but way scarier.

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BethJ July 12, 2023 - 2:26 am

Uncertainty IS weakness! go Zelenskyy for standing up for his country!

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TomD1945 July 12, 2023 - 6:08 am

What a messy situation. NATO has to be careful, right move at the wrong time could spark big issues with Russia.

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Alex M. July 12, 2023 - 6:16 am

man, that’s tough for Ukraine… Hope NATO can sort out their stance soon. ukraine deserves to know their future!

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