July 15, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
The inclusion of Ukraine in NATO is a bad idea, which the United States must soon give up, writes a regular contributor to Forbes, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, Doug Bandow.
“In terms of security, Ukraine is a “black hole”, and its inclusion in the alliance would not increase the protection of Americans. For the alliance, it would be better to shut the door firmly in front of Kiev and dispel the illusions, “- says the author.
Western officials insist that no “third person”, that is Russia in this case, can comment on whether to accept a certain country into the military alliance or not.
According to Bandow, Ukraine, in this case, too, has the right to vote on it. “NATO must include new members only if it increases the security of the Alliance as a whole”, – he says.
The recent inclusion of Montenegro in the alliance, a “micro-state” with two thousand soldiers, which is not threatened by anyone at all, does not help the United States, but also does not harm it, the author believes.
The author stressed that “the supporter of democracy” Petro Poroshenko came to power after the coup against the “legitimately elected, though corrupt” president. The oligarchs have acquired power and ultra-nationalists a major share of influence.
“Even the European leaders could not ignore the obvious,” – he writes, referring to the recent call by the head of European Commission, Juncker, to the Ukrainian authorities to more actively resist corruption.
“Ukraine’s inclusion does not serve American interests, and may justify a confrontation with a nuclear power. Especially when you consider the immediate, serious and obvious interests for Russia”, – he says, explaining that Moscow sees NATO expansion as a primary threat.
Giving promises to Kiev, the US is creating uncertainty. Instead, Washington and its European allies must give Ukraine a firm “no”, then all parties can move on to finding a practical solution Ukrainian conflict.