NATO will pay for its weakness, says Kiev — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


Ukraine’s victims will be in the hands of the US-led bloc because of its refusal to create a no-fly zone, the country’s president has said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lashed out at the NATO alliance on Friday, berating the bloc for its refusal to establish a no-fly zone over the country amid the ongoing Russian offensive which hit Ukraine last week.

“NATO knowingly approved the decision not to close the skies over Ukraine. We believe that the NATO countries themselves have created a narrative that the alleged closure of the skies over Ukraine will provoke direct Russian aggression against NATO,” Zelensky said in a videotaped address, telling the US-led bloc that “People are going to die because of you” in the countryside.

He also berated a general lack of help from the alliance, saying it only succeeded in allowing a small delivery of fuel for the country. While Ukraine has been recognized as a special country “partner” of the alliance, NATO has repeatedly warned Kiev that it will not enter into a war with Russia over Ukraine.

“All the alliance could do today was allocate some 50 tons of diesel fuel to Ukraine through its supply system,” Zelensky said, launching a new thinly veiled nuclear threat.


“Probably, it’s for us so we can burn the Budapest Memorandum. So that it burns better. But for us it has already burned under the fire of Russian troops,” he added, referring to the 1994 document, under which Kiev gave up its nuclear arsenal inherited from the Soviet Union.

A similar statement was made by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who said the ongoing conflict had exposed NATO forces. “weakness.”

“Before the war, Ukrainians believed that NATO was strong, while the EU was weak and indecisive. And after the war started, people saw that the opposite was true,” Kuleba told 1+1 TV channel.

This is a weakness that the alliance will unfortunately pay for in the future. And now the Ukrainians will suffer.

The senior Ukrainian diplomat also asserted that the EU “gave us candidate status and membership prospects, when NATO couldn’t decide anything.” In reality, however, Ukraine did not obtain EU candidate status, as a country must meet various requirements before obtaining it, the European Parliament having only adopted a non-binding resolution welcoming Kyiv’s membership application.


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