Zelenskyy Criticizes NATO's Reluctance on Inviting Ukraine to Join
Summary from AllSides News Team
NATO allies are reportedly considering “conditions” for inviting Ukraine to join the alliance, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to label their reluctance as “absurd” on Tuesday.
For Context: NATO leaders, including President Joe Biden, met for a summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on Tuesday. Zelenskyy also visited the summit, where leaders and diplomats discussed the question of Ukraine potentially joining the alliance sometime in the future. A draft statement reportedly circulated at the summit said, “we will be in a position to extend an invitation to Ukraine when allies agree and conditions are met.”
Key Quotes: In a tweet, Zelenskyy said the lack of a timeline for a NATO invitation, along with the “conditions” being considered, was “unprecedented and absurd.” Furthermore, the Ukrainian leader said the reluctance motivated Russia to “continue its terror” by leaving open the possibility of using Ukraine’s potential NATO membership in negotiations with Russia. “We value our allies,” Zelenskyy said, adding, “But Ukraine also deserves respect.”
How the Media Covered It: Sensationalist words like “blasted” were commonly used across the spectrum to describe Zelenskyy’s remarks. Some coverage from the right framed Zelenskyy’s criticism as being targeted specifically at Democratic President Joe Biden, rather than at NATO as a whole. While Zelenskyy did not specifically mention Biden, the U.S. holds significant influence within NATO.
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From the CenterZelensky says ‘uncertainty’ over Ukraine’s NATO membership motivates Moscow to continue ‘terror’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that uncertainty over whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance will offer admission to Ukraine motivates Russia to continue “terror” in its war on Kyiv.
“It seems there is no readiness neither to invite Ukraine to NATO nor to make it a member of the Alliance,” Zelensky said. “This means that a window of opportunity is being left to bargain Ukraine’s membership in NATO in negotiations with Russia. And for Russia, this means motivation to continue its terror.”
“Uncertainty is weakness,” the Kyiv leader added.
From the LeftZelenskyy blasts ‘absurd’ draft text that hedges on Ukraine’s NATO membership timeline
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday denounced NATO negotiators for balking at offering Kyiv a concrete path to joining NATO in a draft communiqué being hammered out at an alliance summit.
The alliance’s leaders are gathering in the Lithuanian capital for a two-day summit, and Ukraine’s bid to join NATO is the most sensitive item on the agenda.
In the latest draft summit communiqué, allies are now considering stating that “we will be in a position to extend an invitation to Ukraine when allies agree and conditions are met,” according...
From the RightZelensky slams Biden’s ‘unprecedented and absurd’ stance on NATO membership
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tore into NATO leaders including President Biden on Tuesday for not extending membership to his war-torn country — introducing fresh diplomatic drama into the annual gathering of the military alliance’s leaders.
Zelensky slammed the reticence as “weakness” and “absurd” just moments after Biden referred to the development of new non-public language laying out steps for NATO ascension.
“Now, on the way to Vilnius, we received signals that certain wording is being discussed without Ukraine. And I would like to emphasize that this wording is about the...