Zelensky: Ukraine is “not a weak state” and will make NATO “much stronger”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday night that Ukraine would in fact make NATO “much stronger”, saying his Eastern European nation was not a “weak state”.

The current Ukrainian constitution requires the country’s leaders to seek full membership in NATO. However, even before the international condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, many analysts said that NATO was unlikely to accept the country of Eastern Europe.

As the war dragged on for a second month, Ukrainian leaders and negotiators with Russia signaled that they were ready to stop seeking NATO membership in order to end the war. Zelensky, however, in an interview with Fox News argued that Ukraine would benefit the Western alliance.

“It’s hard for us to talk about NATO because NATO doesn’t want to accept us,” Zelensky told Fox News presenter Brett Bayer through an interpreter. “I think this is a mistake, because when we join NATO, we make NATO much stronger. We are not a weak state. We do not propose to make us stronger at the expense of NATO. We are the app, we are the locomotive. I think we are an important component of the European continent. “

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Fox News on Friday that his country would make NATO “much stronger” as an ally. Above, in this material the press service of the German government, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left), German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (c), President Joe Biden (Czech Republic) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) watch during a video conversation with Zelensky during the NATO summit on Russia’s March 24 invasion of Belgium.
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He warned that he did not believe that Putin would be happy to take control of part or all of Ukraine. “The more you give them, the more their appetite grows,” he said. The Ukrainian leader also said that his country would “respond with all its might” against Russian aggression.

Zelensky once again called on the United States and its NATO allies to provide more weapons to his country. “Just give us missiles, give us planes, you can’t give us an F-18 or an F-19 or whatever you have, give us old Soviet planes. That’s all. Give them to me. “

The United States and Western allies have responded quickly to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, providing billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid. They also imposed harsh sanctions against the Russian economy, as well as directly against Putin and other Moscow elites.

According to many expert analysts, after more than a month and a half of war, Russia has largely “failed” to achieve its original goals in Ukraine. Russian troops have failed to take control of major Ukrainian cities, and Zelensky’s government in Kiev remains in place. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have exceeded the initial expectations of many Western analysts.

NATO estimates that about 15,000 Russian soldiers have died in the first month of the conflict. In the long run, less than 2,500 U.S. servicemen have been killed in the two decades of the war in Afghanistan. However, Russia insists that the figure is much lower.

Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe after Russia, has long been seen as a key area to be monitored in order to strengthen great powers. During World War II, Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler considered control of Ukraine a top priority, and some historians have considered Hitler fighting in World War II because of his desire to control the Eastern European nation, which was then part of the now defunct Soviet Union. .

“Hitler’s central goal is to destroy the Soviet Union and control oil fields in the Caucasus, but above all to control Ukraine’s rich soil,” said Timothy Snyder, a historian and professor at Yale University specializing in Central and Eastern European history. Ezra Klein Show podcast.

Ukraine has long been a strong agricultural economy, and Hitler considered its farms necessary to strengthen the power and dominance of Germany.

“All agriculture will be redirected west to Germany to allow Germany to become a kind of balanced economy and this great empire,” Snyder explained. “So, it’s all about Ukraine. World War II, at least in Europe, is Ukraine. “

Putin has said he does not see Ukraine as an independent nation, and aims to restore Moscow-controlled territories of the former Soviet Union. The Russian president also strangely accused Ukraine of being led by “neo-Nazis” – despite the fact that Zelensky is a Jew and his family members died in the Holocaust genocide during World War II.

Zelensky told Fox News that the “truth” on the side of the Ukrainians. “The victory of truth is the victory of Ukraine and the Ukrainians,” he said. “The question is when it will end. It is a deep question. It is a painful question. Apart from victory, the Ukrainian people will not accept any result.”

Newsweek asked the Russian embassy for comment, but did not receive an answer immediately.

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