Zelensky mispoke. And this is the second time. Following a phone conversation with Biden Ukraine mischaracterised Biden as supporting MAP for Ukraine.NATO rejects Ukrainian president's 'confirmation' of entry into alliance
B0ycey wrote:It would be interesting to know why Ukraine have been refused entry given I suspect they would be more than happy to fulfil ANY criteria Biden gave Zelensky. From the EU trade deal to military protection, Ukraine have been given rhetoric because anything else risks conflict with Moscow. We all know this and I would like to think Zelensky knows this also. So why are we pretending that Ukraine will ever get NATO membership? Perhaps Zelensky should consider a truce with Moscow in order to at least regain Donbass because Crimea is lost and that should just be accepted. They even got a UEFA rebuke for having it placed on their shirts with the rest of Ukraine FFS.
Your observations are on the spot.
To a good extent it is really a where the rubber hits the road situation. Where a thesis or belief gets put to the test. It is exactly at Ukraine where a certain belief or thesis that arose following the fall of the Soviet Union is being put to the test. Clearly the thesis had no basis in reality; and much of the rhetoric one sees going on is simply attempts at masking the unpleasant reality.
With the fall of the Soviet Union, its rump, the present Russian Federation, went into what, for want of a better term, one can say a comatose state. It was consumed by its own internal political and economic situations. Its focus was inwards. But with its thousands of nukes, as well as that imperialistic streak in the Russian dna, it is obvious that Russia is easily a dangerous proposition. That was what was forgotten as EU/Nato expanded eastwards, closer and closer to the comatose bear.
And the creep eastwards was easy. Very easy. So easy that a nice fine thesis took hold in the EU and Nato. The thesis that it is the right of any nation to join the military alliance of its choice, provided of course that the alliance accepts its request. Ergo, Ukraine, as well as any of the ex Soviet Republics of Russia's near abroad, by that right that belongs to any sovereign nation, can and may join Nato provided they meet Nato's requirements.
That was always a dangerous proposition. It was feasible only as long as the bear was comatose. The moment the bear bestirred itself from its comatose state and took exception, bad things could happen. And bad things did happen in 2014. And the threat of more bad things happening have kept up.
That explains the farce going on at present.