While western countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States have funneled billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, they have remained opposed to permitting the country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
As the war in Ukraine continues to escalate, with Ukraine now starting to attack Russian territory, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has requested that Ukraine is fast-tracked in to NATO.
The move would trigger Article 5 which would require other NATO members to intervene on Ukraine’s behalf, up to and including putting troops on the ground in Ukraine.
Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Alexander Venediktov said today that Ukraine’s entry in to NATO would be a “guaranteed escalation to World War Three”.
While Venediktov’s statement is alarming, he further said that he did not believe that the United States would permit Ukraine to join NATO any time soon.
Other NATO members, such as France and Germany, have advocated for a more restrained approach to the war in Ukraine, encouraging both sides to have peace talks.
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Allowing Ukraine to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would result in a “guaranteed escalation to World War Three”, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Alexander Venediktov said on Thursday.
Following last month’s annexation of four breakaway regions in the Donbas region of Easter Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky requested a “fast-tracked” admission into the US-led NATO military alliance.
In an interview with the Russian state news agency TASS, Security Council Deputy Secretary Alexander Venediktov said that he believed the accession request from Ukraine was nothing more than a “propaganda move”.
However, should Ukraine actually be accepted into the Western alliance, Venediktov said that “Kiev is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation to World War Three.”
“Apparently, that’s what they are counting on – to create informational noise and draw attention to themselves once again,” the Russian security tsar said.