Zelensky’s unexpected request to speed up accession talks reportedly elicited mixed reaction
Ukraine’s bid for fast-track NATO membership caught Washington off guard, driving a wedge between a number of U.S. lawmakers, Politico reported Friday.
When the outlet asked US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she supported kyiv’s bid to join NATO, she refrained from unequivocally endorsing the decision, saying the US United were”very attached to democracy in Ukraine.”
“Let’s win this war. But I would be for them to have a security guaranteeshe told Politico.
Democratic Party Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) said Washington should support Ukraine’s NATO bid. “Ukraine’s fight is why we formed NATO in the first place“, he told Politico, adding that since World War II, the United States has recognized “that an authoritarian regime cannot be allowed to destroy a democratic country.”
On Friday, after the start of the formal membership of four former Ukrainian regions to Russia, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky demanded that the procedure for joining NATO be accelerated. This apparently surprised the Biden administration, according to two US officials quoted by the outlet.
Many Western officials fear that if kyiv were to become a full member of the bloc, it would not only provoke Russia, but also draw Washington and Moscow into a direct war, because the NATO charter stipulates that an attack on a member is considered an attack. against the whole covenant. The only instance where this principle was applied occurred after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
On Friday, President Vladimir Putin signed treaties on the inclusion of the two Donbass republics, as well as the two southern regions of Ukraine that had declared their independence, into the Russian Federation. The four territories held referendums from September 23 to 27, in which the population voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia.
Western leaders have condemned Moscow’s latest moves. US President Joe Biden has promised to impose new sanctions on Russia and continue providing military aid to kyiv.