Ex-Prime Minister and former British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson believes that the West should show political willpower and accept Ukraine into NATO without conditions and as soon as possible. He wrote about this in his article for the Daily Mail.
“No country has made more efforts than Ukraine to demonstrate its readiness for NATO membership.
No military force is more formidable or more effective in the use of NATO weapons. No country needs NATO membership so much,” he said.
What went wrong at the NATO summit in Vilnius
The politician added that strength is the reason for the existence of NATO as an organization, therefore “it is quite clear what should have been done at the summit in Vilnius “. Johnson also believes that the representatives of the alliance should have given Kyiv a sign that Ukraine would be able to join NATO after the end of hostilities.
Instead, Kyiv will receive an invitation to NATO when the allies agree, and the Ukrainian authorities fulfill the set conditions – reforms.
“Johnson can say whatever he wants”
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev reacted to Johnson’s theses. In his Telegram channel, the politician called his British colleague a “retired fool.”
“He, a retired fool, should be admitted to a psychiatric hospital without conditions,” the official said.
According to Medvedev, in the hospital, Johnson would have the opportunity “in his circle” to portray a tough guy and “demand to start a third world war.”Biden is under pressure, Moscow objects: Ukraine’s membership in NATO is again in question Neither NATO nor Ukraine as part of the alliance is needed by Russia, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Medvedev said… 15 June 23:08
The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation also recalled the lines from the poem by Vladimir Vysotsky “A letter to the editor of the television program” Obvious – Incredible “from a madhouse – from the Kanatchikova dacha.”
Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Information Policy, also commented on Johnson’s words.
“The position of Johnson, who was three times, is good because he can say whatever he wants, and this will not have political consequences.
Does Ukraine deserve to be admitted to NATO? Is Johnson ready to lead British troops into Russian positions? Or does he want to give others the opportunity to fight Russia? Irresponsible demagogue,” Pushkov wrote.
“Doubts about Ukraine’s entry into the alliance have disappeared”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier that following the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11-12, “all doubts about Ukraine’s entry disappeared into the alliance”, and all the countries of the alliance supported the country’s membership in the bloc.
The G7 countries on July 12 at the summit published a declaration in support of Ukraine, which involves the conclusion of bilateral deals on military support for Kiev, as well as plans in case of a new conflict with the Russian Federation.The United States wanted to “sweeten the pill” for Zelensky at the NATO summit, but changed their minds The United States planned to remove the wording “invitation” at the NATO summit due to dissatisfaction… 14 July 15:56
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said that ten more states have joined the declaration of the G7 countries. We are talking about Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Belgium and Portugal.
In addition, Zelensky believes that his country’s accession to NATO would be of interest even to Russia.
“It would be right for Russia to ask that Ukraine be taken into NATO,” Zelensky said during a speech at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada dedicated to the Constitution Day of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian leader expressed the opinion that the Russian Federation is entering “an era of weakness”, now this country, like no other, is interested in security on its internationally recognized borders, and NATO is protecting allies, and not “rushing at neighbors.”