Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that Ukraine would never join NATO, a big concession that might pave the way for peace.
President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that his country’s prospective membership in the military alliance was now in peril, satisfying a crucial demand of Vladimir Putin’s warmongering. President Joe Biden will go to Europe next week for face-to-face discussions with EU leaders and an extraordinary NATO summit in Brussels.
Ukraine’s efforts to reach an agreement with Russia
Volodymyr Zelensky, who backed membership before Russia devastated his country, is now said to have “cooled” on the idea. Despite rumors that Russia had changed its approach and stopped demanding Ukraine’s surrender, Putin started discussions on a possible ceasefire were going “very well,” according to The Sun.
While he offered no official commitments, his remarks might be interpreted as further opening the door to a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia after negotiators claimed significant progress over the weekend without providing any details on what such a deal would include.
Before the invasion, Putin wanted guarantees that Ukraine would never join NATO, as well as the removal of all NATO personnel and weapons from ex-Soviet countries. After being rebuffed by Kyiv, Washington, and NATO, he began his special military operation to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky urged Western allies to reimpose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, bemoaning NATO’s reluctance to do so thus far and claiming that the dire circumstances in his country had forced him to do so. “It helped us to see who our real friends are these last 20 days,” he explained.
Earlier in the day, Ihor Zhovkva, another advisor to President Zelenskyy, had struck a more positive note, stating that the negotiations had become “more productive” and that Russia had changed its posture by no longer making demands for Ukraine’s submission.
Any deal between Moscow and Kyiv would face a number of obstacles, including whether forces would adhere to a ceasefire and if Russia could be trusted to keep its promises. According to the Daily Mail, both sides appear to be warming to the idea of a truce, which would allow Ukraine to send badly needed humanitarian aid to cities that have been under siege for weeks.
According to Zelensky, without NATO membership, Ukraine needed “new structures of engagement with the West and independent security guarantees.”
Although Zelensky’s comments were not intended as a formal concession in negotiations with Russia, indicating that Ukraine will not pursue NATO membership may not be enough to appease Putin. To prevent Ukraine from joining NATO or the EU, the Kremlin demands specific changes to the country’s constitution.