responds to NATO official’s ‘land for membership’ remark

31 responds to NATO official’s ‘land for membership’ remark

Regardless of mounting battlefield losses, Kiev has declared the concept of ceding territory to Russia “ridiculous”

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podoliak has rejected the concept of abandoning his nation’s territorial claims in trade for NATO membership. The one resolution, he declared, is the West “dashing up the provision of weapons.”

“Buying and selling territory for a NATO umbrella? It’s ridiculous,” Podoliak wrote on X, previously Twitter, on Tuesday. “If [ Russian President Vladimir] Putin doesn’t endure a crushing defeat, the political regime in Russia doesn’t change, and battle criminals usually are not punished, the battle will certainly return with Russia’s urge for food for extra.”

Earlier on Tuesday, NATO Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg’s chief of workers, Stian Jenssen, mentioned that the US-led bloc might probably supply Ukraine a deal whereby it “provides up territory, and will get NATO membership in return.” Such an thought, he claimed, was being talked about inside NATO as a “potential resolution” to the battle.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and his officers insist they won’t enter into peace talks with Putin, nor will they cease combating to retake the areas of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, or Zaporozhye, which had been included into the Russian Federation following referendums final September. Zelensky has additionally vowed to seize Crimea, which rejoined the Russian Federation in 2014.

Regardless of admitting that Ukraine is unlikely to take Crimea, and that its ongoing counteroffensive towards Russian forces is failing, Western leaders have – publicly, not less than – balked on the thought of looking for a ceasefire that will freeze the present frontlines in place. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned final yr that such an association would result in a “phony peace,” and the White Home’s official line – that it’ll arm Ukraine “for so long as it takes” stays Washington’s coverage.

“Makes an attempt to protect the world order and set up a foul peace’ … is not going to convey peace to the world,” Podoliak continued. “Why suggest the situation of a freeze, so desired by Russia, as an alternative of dashing up the provision of weapons?” he added, concluding “murderers shouldn’t be inspired by appalling indulgences.”

Podoliak’s response is typical of his social media posts, which regularly mix maximalist declarations of whole battle with calls for for extra Western weapons. 

On the battlefield, nonetheless, the Ukrainian navy’s efforts to interrupt via Russian strains have so far failed. Waging a counteroffensive towards Russian forces since June, the Ukrainian navy has misplaced greater than 43,000 males and practically 5,000 items of heavy tools, in keeping with the most recent figures from the Russian Protection Ministry. Dozens of Western tanks and fight automobiles are amongst these destroyed.

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