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A defeat for Ukraine would be a global catastrophe. NATO must finally intervene to stop Russia | Simon Tisdal

T.His pressing issue of Ukraine’s accession is expected to dominate this week pivotal summit One of the 31 NATO member countries located in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Volodymyr Zelensky knows that while his country is still at war with Russia, an official gold-stamped invitation is unlikely to arrive. But Ukrainian leaders have called on US President Joe Biden and his allied leaders to take “concrete steps” immediately, including security, roadmaps and timelines. Mr Zelensky claims it will boost morale and send a harsh message to President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Zelensky is right.like Finland, Ukraine’s accession should proceed quickly. As important as the issue is, NATO faces a much bigger question this week: whether Kiev is doing enough to keep it from winning, or at least not losing, the war.

If the current counterattack does not yield a breakthrough, shortages in arms supplies, a new winter energy crisis, and further erosion of Western public support, Zelensky said: forced to negotiate – Even enter trade areas for peace. secret, informal US-Russian Negotiations have already begun. None of this would have happened had Ukraine already been a member of NATO, as promised 15 years ago.

But even now, Biden refuses to go beyond hardened long-term “security commitments.” Rishi Snak vaguely says: Ukraine’s ‘rightful place’ is in NATO. French President Emmanuel Macron there are both ways, As usual. Germany’s admittedly lethargic Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not discuss Kiev’s accession until the war is over.

They claim to act responsibly.But this all-too-familiar and milky act of needlessly and recklessly restricting NATO actions is actually Rooted in fear in America and Western Europe That Putin may be provoked to attack the West.

This is a very easy idea. Even with sobriety and headwinds, the Russian blunder corps could not defeat the Ukrainian 2nd Eleven. Despite all threats, Putin also fears a conflict between Russia and NATO. For him it would be political and military suicide.

Thankfully, NATO’s view from the east is even more solid. “I often hear [of countries] Say that you shouldn’t do this or that because it will provoke Putin, Russia And especially the use of nuclear weapons,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Karas said last week. “Those threats are meant to intimidate us. The definition of terrorism is to intimidate us and hold us back from decisions we would otherwise make. And this is what they are about.” [Russia] I am trying. ”

Eastern European NATO members united as the newly formed ‘Bucharest Nine’, Heartbreaking declaration of war Last month it argued that repelling Russian aggression was “the only way to restore peace and rules-based order in Europe”.

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia all joined NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. They called for “a new political line leading to Ukraine’s accession, if circumstances permit.” “We should not hesitate to make bolder decisions Because otherwise the Putin regime will decide that the Western allies are too weak and will surrender if cornered,” said Lithuanian president and summit organizer Gitanas Nauseda.

Major objections to this argument Summarized By former U.S. NATO ambassador Ivo Daalder. “The problem facing NATO countries is that as long as the conflict continues, adding Ukraine to the alliance is the same as joining a war,” he warned.

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But there are precedents.West Germany wins NATO Protection of 1955 Even though, like Ukraine, there was a dispute over the occupied sovereign territory held by the Soviet puppet East Germany. In a similar fashion, NATO’s defensive umbrella could reasonably be extended to cover about 85% of the Ukrainian territory currently controlled by Kiev.

That way, it would have stronger anti-aircraft, missile and drone defenses without “entering the war.” It would also allow NATO’s military response should Russian forces based in occupied territories or Black Sea waters choose to launch additional offensives. criminal attack It’s against civilians, as was the case in Lviv on Thursday that left seven people dead.

Former NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen recently said: heightened the outlook If NATO as a whole fails to take a bolder course, Poland and the Baltics will send ground forces to help fight Russian forces on Ukrainian soil.

“If Ukraine gets nothing in Vilnius, I think the Poles will seriously consider joining and forming a coalition,” Rasmussen said. “The Poles have been in the West for too long. Europe I didn’t heed their warnings against the true Russian way of thinking. ”

or the latter view Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State A. Wes Mitchell is also a strong supporter, arguing that some Western governments are still using “an old taboo against antagonizing Russia.” I’m confused.

my arms are flowing Kyiv, Mitchell wrote, that promises to strengthen the defenses of the eastern flank were “still largely unfulfilled.” For example, since the start of the war, France’s troop presence in eastern NATO has increased “from 300 to 969, Italy from 350 to 385.”

By contrast, “NATO’s eastern members are embarking on a historic build-up, Poland It will soon have more tanks than all of Western Europe combined. Meanwhile, the number of US troops stationed in South Korea increased from 5,000 to about 24,000.

Avoiding division over the Ukraine issue Member States (and Sweden) is important. Of infinite importance is that all NATO countries fully understand the far-reaching consequences of Ukraine’s failure to repel Russian aggression.

This would destabilize Eastern and Central Europe, Northern Europe and the Balkans. NATO will be forced into a permanent state of war. International law will be shattered.a precedent will be set From Taiwan to China.

Ukraine will effectively be divided. And gloating Putin and his gang will escape justice and be free to do the same thing there or anywhere else. So no more terms, arguments, or witty warnings. NATO To ensure Ukraine’s victory, it must unleash its great power.

Summarize this content to 100 words T.His pressing issue of Ukraine’s accession is expected to dominate this week pivotal summit One of the 31 NATO member countries located in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Volodymyr Zelensky knows that while his country is still at war with Russia, an official gold-stamped invitation is unlikely to arrive. But Ukrainian leaders have called on US President Joe Biden and his allied leaders to take “concrete steps” immediately, including security, roadmaps and timelines. Mr Zelensky claims it will boost morale and send a harsh message to President Vladimir Putin.Mr. Zelensky is right.like Finland, Ukraine’s accession should proceed quickly. As important as the issue is, NATO faces a much bigger question this week: whether Kiev is doing enough to keep it from winning, or at least not losing, the war.If the current counterattack does not yield a breakthrough, shortages in arms supplies, a new winter energy crisis, and further erosion of Western public support, Zelensky said: forced to negotiate – Even enter trade areas for peace. secret, informal US-Russian Negotiations have already begun. None of this would have happened had Ukraine already been a member of NATO, as promised 15 years ago.But even now, Biden refuses to go beyond hardened long-term “security commitments.” Rishi Snak vaguely says: Ukraine’s ‘rightful place’ is in NATO. French President Emmanuel Macron there are both ways, As usual. Germany’s admittedly lethargic Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not discuss Kiev’s accession until the war is over.They claim to act responsibly.But this all-too-familiar and milky act of needlessly and recklessly restricting NATO actions is actually Rooted in fear in America and Western Europe That Putin may be provoked to attack the West.This is a very easy idea. Even with sobriety and headwinds, the Russian blunder corps could not defeat the Ukrainian 2nd Eleven. Despite all threats, Putin also fears a conflict between Russia and NATO. For him it would be political and military suicide.Thankfully, NATO’s view from the east is even more solid. “I often hear [of countries] Say that you shouldn’t do this or that because it will provoke Putin, Russia And especially the use of nuclear weapons,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Karas said last week. “Those threats are meant to intimidate us. The definition of terrorism is to intimidate us and hold us back from decisions we would otherwise make. And this is what they are about.” [Russia] I am trying. ”Eastern European NATO members united as the newly formed ‘Bucharest Nine’, Heartbreaking declaration of war Last month it argued that repelling Russian aggression was “the only way to restore peace and rules-based order in Europe”.Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia all joined NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. They called for “a new political line leading to Ukraine’s accession, if circumstances permit.” “We should not hesitate to make bolder decisions Because otherwise the Putin regime will decide that the Western allies are too weak and will surrender if cornered,” said Lithuanian president and summit organizer Gitanas Nauseda.Major objections to this argument Summarized By former U.S. NATO ambassador Ivo Daalder. “The problem facing NATO countries is that as long as the conflict continues, adding Ukraine to the alliance is the same as joining a war,” he warned.Skip past newsletter promotionssign up for this is europeThe most important stories and debates for Europeans, from identity to economy to environment”,”newsletterId”:”this-is-europe”,”successDescription”:”This is Europe every week”}” clientOnly>Privacy Notice: Newsletters may contain information about charities, online advertising and content funded by external parties. For more information, see privacy policy. We use Google reCaptcha to protect our website and Google. privacy policy and terms of service application.After newsletter promotionWest Germany, like Ukraine, gained NATO protection in 1955 despite disputes over occupied territories.But there are precedents.West Germany wins NATO Protection of 1955 Even though, like Ukraine, there was a dispute over the occupied sovereign territory held by the Soviet puppet East Germany. In a similar fashion, NATO’s defensive umbrella could reasonably be extended to cover about 85% of the Ukrainian territory currently controlled by Kiev.That way, it would have stronger anti-aircraft, missile and drone defenses without “entering the war.” It would also allow NATO’s military response should Russian forces based in occupied territories or Black Sea waters choose to launch additional offensives. criminal attack It’s against civilians, as was the case in Lviv on Thursday that left seven people dead.Former NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen recently said: heightened the outlook If NATO as a whole fails to take a bolder course, Poland and the Baltics will send ground forces to help fight Russian forces on Ukrainian soil.”If Ukraine gets nothing in Vilnius, I think the Poles will seriously consider joining and forming a coalition,” Rasmussen said. “The Poles have been in the West for too long. Europe I didn’t heed their warnings against the true Russian way of thinking. ”or the latter view Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State A. Wes Mitchell is also a strong supporter, arguing that some Western governments are still using “an old taboo against antagonizing Russia.” I’m confused.my arms are flowing Kyiv, Mitchell wrote, that promises to strengthen the defenses of the eastern flank were “still largely unfulfilled.” For example, since the start of the war, France’s troop presence in eastern NATO has increased “from 300 to 969, Italy from 350 to 385.”By contrast, “NATO’s eastern members are embarking on a historic build-up, Poland It will soon have more tanks than all of Western Europe combined. Meanwhile, the number of US troops stationed in South Korea increased from 5,000 to about 24,000.Avoiding division over the Ukraine issue Member States (and Sweden) is important. Of infinite importance is that all NATO countries fully understand the far-reaching consequences of Ukraine’s failure to repel Russian aggression.This would destabilize Eastern and Central Europe, Northern Europe and the Balkans. NATO will be forced into a permanent state of war. International law will be shattered.a precedent will be set From Taiwan to China.Ukraine will effectively be divided. And gloating Putin and his gang will escape justice and be free to do the same thing there or anywhere else. So no more terms, arguments, or witty warnings. NATO To ensure Ukraine’s victory, it must unleash its great power.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2023/jul/08/ukraine-nato-must-step-in-to-stop-russia A defeat for Ukraine would be a global catastrophe. NATO must finally intervene to stop Russia | Simon Tisdal

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