NATO ‘never looked weaker’ – Zelensky — Analysis
Volodymyr Zelensky claimed NATO wouldn’t send troops to defend a member nation if it was attacked by Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned NATO on Tuesday, furthering his criticism of the alliance in the wake of Russia’s assault, claiming the US-led military bloc is not committed to the Article 5 collective defense clause.
In a video address the leader of Ukraine claimed that mutual defense articles have never been looked at before. “as weak as it is today.”He claimed that NATO wouldn’t be able to defend its members against an enemy like Russia.
NATO refused to send any troops to Ukraine to protect it, since the country isn’t part of its military alliance. It also warned that Russia would be directly confronted if they did so. Zelensky said, however that the bloc would react. “in the same way”If Russia invades a member nation.
NATO’s leaders repeatedly denied any suggestion they weren’t committed to Article 5 which ensures mutual defense between members. Speaking in Lithuania last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described America’s commitment to Article 5 as “sacrosanct.”
Zelensky’s latest attack came after the Ukrainian leader seemed to concede that Ukraine will not join NATO. He stated that his citizens are already NATO members. “realized” they won’t be permitted to be part of the alliance.
“For years we’ve heard the opposite, open doors, however, it is not,”Zelensky stated in his speech that he accepted one of Russia’s demands prior to its military attack on Ukraine. “Our people understand this, and we are beginning to count on our own strength,”The Ukrainian leader also added.
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