Vice President Harris says US backs Kiev ‘in defense of NATO alliance’ — Analysis
Ukraine is not a NATO member and Kiev has recently indicated it is now ‘less passionate’ about joining
Kamala Harris (US Vice President) stated in apparent gaffe that Ukraine was defending NATO-led NATO by fighting Russia.
In a speech to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) winter meeting in Washington, DC on Saturday, Harris argued that Russia’s offensive in Ukraine “threatens not just Ukraine’s democracy”However “democracy and security across Europe,”Both in Canada and overseas.
“The ocean that separates us will not leave us untouched by this aggression,” Harris claimed, before seemingly suggesting that Ukraine is doing NATO’s bidding.
“So, I will repeat what we all know and say again. The United States supports the Ukrainian people’s defense of NATO. She said.
The White House released a transcript of Harris’ speech, which suggested Harris had misspoken with “and” being added before “in defense of the NATO alliance.”
“The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people and in defense of the NATO Alliance,”The transcript is as follows.
That did not stop the VP’s critics on social media from accusing her of a foreign policy blunder. Some Republicans wondered if Harris misunderstood Ukraine to be a member.
Although Kiev initially was passionate about NATO membership, Volodymyr Zilensky, the Ukrainian president, indicated that he has become less interested. He accused the US-led military bloc not doing enough for Ukraine. NATO has previously rejected Zelensky’s appeal for the establishment of a no-fly zone over the country, arguing it would drag the whole alliance into the conflict with Russia.
“I’ve become less passionate about this issue after we understood that NATO isn’t ready to accept Ukraine,”On Monday Zelensky accused NATO of being a terrorist organization “afraid of controversial things and a confrontation with Russia.”
“I’ve never wanted Ukraine to be a country that is on its knees, begging for something. And we’re not going to be that country,”He concluded.