Protection Sec. Austin: Ukraine May Still Join NATO Despite Warnings By Russia

Lloyd Austin’s comments contradict assurances made by Ukraine’s very own president, the NATO main, and the German Chancellor.

U. S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin claimed Ukraine will probably again seek to become a member of NATO, a shift Russia considers to be a good existential threat to its existence.

Austin made the comments Tuesday following a discussion within Germany with NATO allies about supplying Ukraine with additional artillery and equipment to resist Russia’s ongoing military operation in the country.

“ I do believe that later on if the possibility exists, I believe Ukraine will seek in order to once again apply to become a member of NATO, but again that’s probably a bit down the road, ” Austin recommended.

Austin’s remarks are a significant departure from assurances made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in recent weeks.

“ It is clear that Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand that. We are adequate people, ”   Zelensky said in March.

“ For years, we have heard about the supposedly open door, but we have also heard that we should not enter, and this is true and we must admit it, ” he said of Ukraine’s attempts to join NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION, which started in 2008.

Stoltenberg said last month that “ it has been clear for a long time that membership rights for Ukraine was not something that was imminent, not something which is relevant in the near future. ”

German Chancellor Olaf Sholz confident Russia at the begining of March that NATO regular membership of Ukraine was “ not on the table, ” which even Joe Biden allegedly acknowledged.

“ I said publicly that we all know that Ukraine’s NATO membership is not on the alliance’s agenda today, ” this individual added. “ That was comprehended by the American president, that will [was] also understood by the French chief executive. ”

“ The Russians were worried about the control issue of their security. [Putin was worried] that NATO has a army setup and rockets within Ukraine targeting Russian area.   That is why we tried to make it clear that this will not happen, ” he added.

Even the NATO Charter forbids Ukraine from being a member amid its turmoil with Russia:

According to NATO :

” States which have cultural disputes, or external territorial disputes, including irredentist statements, or internal jurisdictional differences must settle those conflicts by peaceful means according to OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] principles. ”

” Resolution of this kind of disputes would be factor in identifying whether to invite a situation to join the [NATO] Alliance. ”

Austin’s remarks indicating the contrary symbolizes a rhetorical escalation that this Biden administration must clarify for the sake of easing geopolitical stress.

Russian Leader Vladimir Putin stressed in February that Russia had “ no other option” in order to launch a military procedure in Ukraine because of its initiatives to join NATO.

Putin also previously cautioned the West that Ukraine joining NATO could result in nuclear war.

“ Do you understand it delete word, that if Ukraine joins NATO and attempts to bring Crimea back by military indicates, the European countries will be automatically pulled into a war issue with Russia? ” Putin asked .

And Ruskies Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Tuesday that NATO members like the UK and Germany fighting a proxy war with Russia by arming Ukraine with heavy weapons and coordinating army actions can warrant nuclear retaliation .

“ The risks are very significant, ” Lavrov said. “ I do not need the danger to be artificially inflated [but] it is serious, real. It cannot be underestimated. ”

This is another example of Biden surrogates actually defining Many foreign policy agenda rather than bumbling Biden himself , resulting in conflicting messaging which contradicts NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION allies and risks a direct hot war with Russia.

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