MOSCOW, 23 Sep – The United States should not let Ukraine into NATO “in any” form, as this will become a burden for the American people, writes Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, in his article for the 19Fortyfive portal.
As Bandow recalled, after the conflict in South Ossetia in 2008, Washington still insisted that NATO promise possible membership to Ukraine and Georgia, “even though the Europeans made it clear that they would not give final approval to their applications.”
However, instead of admitting that neither America nor Europe wants to “defend” Ukraine and Georgia, Western officials “constantly lied, regularly stating how they seek to accept these two countries into the transatlantic alliance,” he said.
“Neither Georgia nor Ukraine were vital to the defense of America or Europe,” the author noted. At the same time, the start of the Russian special operation only confirmed the “permanent dishonesty” of the West in its promises to Kyiv, while NATO members admitted that a direct clash with Russia over Ukraine was “not in their interests.”
According to Bandow, this primarily concerns the United States – the American people do not support the inclusion of Ukraine in the long list of “defense dependents.” At the same time, after the end of the conflict, the European members of NATO are likely to return to their usual practice, effectively entrusting their protection to Washington, which is another reason why the US should reject the idea of Ukraine joining NATO in any form.
As a former Reagan aide pointed out, the Americans do not want to be drawn into “unnecessary conflicts.” “Washington should finally begin to prioritize the interests of Americans over the interests of foreign states,” he concluded.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2014 amended two laws, abandoning the non-bloc status of the state. In February 2019, the Ukrainian parliament adopted amendments to the constitution, fixing the country’s course in the EU and NATO. Ukraine has become the sixth state to receive NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner status.
Representatives of the United States have repeatedly stated that at this stage the possibility of Ukraine’s entry into NATO is not considered. At the same time, Washington emphasized that the alliance would never abandon the “open door” policy, and did not rule out that Kyiv could try to join the organization in the future.
Moscow has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Vladimir Putin called its task “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” According to the president, the ultimate goal of the operation is the liberation of Donbass and the creation of conditions that guarantee the security of Russia itself.