NATO Membership for Ukraine is a Bargaining Chip, Not an “Irreversible” Reality

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Ukraine was, and is, never going to formally become a NATO member state. Why is that never going to happen? Because formal NATO membership requires unanimous consent from all of the current member states, because several NATO member states enjoy friendly relations with the Russian Federation, and because there’s no way at least one such member state wouldn’t exercise its veto for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing those friendly relations. That being the case, why does NATO keep dangling the prospect of membership in front of Ukraine? And why do defenders of Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine continue to pretend that the prospect is real — just as Putin himself has from the beginning of the conflict? As a bargaining chip, of course.” (07/09/24)