- Russian President Putin warns of peril to Russia's security from Ukraine's possible NATO membership.
- Putin suggests that Ukraine's NATO alliance would provoke global instability, not enhance its own security.
- NATO, despite Russia's objections, reaffirms commitment to Ukraine's membership following the war.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized his country's unease concerning Ukraine's potential induction into NATO. Putin contends that the accession of Ukraine to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization represents a clear and present danger to Russia, which partially triggered the recent military intervention by Moscow.
During an interview with TASS, the state news agency, Putin candidly shared, “The question of Ukraine's NATO membership, we've stated time and time again, unequivocally presents a hazard to Russia's safety. This is, in fact, a catalyst for our unique military action [the invasion of Ukraine] in response to Ukraine's imminent NATO membership.”
Putin argues that rather than bolstering Ukraine's security, their affiliation with NATO will only jeopardize global stability, fuelling heightened international tensions: “I firmly believe that Ukraine's induction into NATO will not elevate its own security but will instead render the world far more precarious, thereby igniting further strain on the global stage.”
These remarks emerged in the wake of a comprehensive NATO summit held in Vilnius, where Ukraine's prospective NATO membership was exhaustively examined. NATO assured Kyiv that, post-war, its alliance membership will be ratified. Numerous NATO constituents in Eastern Europe have passionately endorsed Ukraine's stance, proposing that Ukraine's incorporation into the mutual security framework of the alliance is the optimal deterrent against future Russian aggression.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed Ukraine's future in the alliance: “We are in consensus about Ukraine's destiny within NATO. We reassert that Ukraine will be inducted. We have actually finalized tangible, political and pragmatic resources to facilitate Ukraine's journey towards membership.”
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