Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that he will no longer encourage Ukraine to join NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). One of the reasons Russia has invaded its pro-Western neighbors is that this is a difficult problem to analyze.
In another obvious nod to appease Moscow, Zelenskyy said he was willing to make a compromise on the status of the two pro-Russian breakaway territories that Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized as independent shortly before the war took place on February 24, 2022.
In an interview that aired Monday night on ABC News, President Zelenskyy said, "I cooled down here on this ongoing issue a long time ago once we saw that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is not willing to welcome Ukraine." "The alliance is afraid of controversial things and a confrontation with Russia," added the president.
Referring to NATO membership, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said through an interpreter that he doesn’t want to be the president of a country that begs for something from someone on their knees.
Russia has said it does not want neighboring Ukraine to join NATO, a transatlantic alliance created at the start of the Cold War to protect Europe from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
In recent years, the alliance has expanded more and more eastward to include the countries of the formerly recognized, infuriating Moscow Kremlin. Russia sees the expansion of NATO as a threat and the military gestures of these new Western allies are on its doorstep.
Shortly before he shocked the world by ordering the invasion of Ukraine, President Putin recognized two separatist pro-Russian republics in eastern Ukraine, Donetsk, and Lugansk, that have been at war with Kyiv state since the year 2014, which is the capital of Ukraine.
President Putin now also recognized these as sovereign and independent. When asked about the Russian demand, Zelenskyy replied that he was ready for the discussion animations.
"I'm talking about security guarantees," hid these two regions were not recognized by anyone but Russia, and that they were pseudo-republics. But we can discuss and find compromises on how these territories will survive.
"What matters to me is how the citizens in these regions want to be a part of Ukraine and how they feel about their country." And also, they must be thinking that they want to welcome people to Ukraine," President Zelenskyy said.
"So, admitting the question is more difficult than simply acknowledging it," he added.
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