US ready to accept neutral Ukraine

The US would respect Ukraine’s sovereign choice to become neutral or join NATO, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers Read Full Article at RT.com

US ready to accept neutral Ukraine
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US ready to accept neutral Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate that neutrality or NATO is Kiev’s choice to make

Washington would not oppose Ukraine declaring itself a non-aligned, neutral country, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s testimony in the Senate on Tuesday. The US seeks to arm Ukraine to strengthen its hand at the negotiating table, but can’t be “more Ukrainian than the Ukrainians” and the ultimate decision will be up to Kiev, Blinken said.

“being pushed and goaded by half the members of the Senate who want them in NATO,” and that they might have otherwise agreed to neutrality, as Moscow had asked. 

“We, senator, are not going to be more Ukrainian than the Ukrainians. These are decisions for them to make,” he told Paul. The purpose of the current US military aid to Ukraine is to give Kiev the ability to “repel the Russian aggression” and  “strengthen their hand at an eventual negotiating table,” Blinken added.

“seen no sign to date” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “serious about meaningful negotiations,” Blinken said that “If he is, and if the Ukrainians engage, we’ll support them.”

On Tuesday, Blinken claimed the US had taken Russia’s security concerns “very seriously” and “sought to engage” with Moscow, and denied that talk of Kiev joining NATO may have played any role in the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine.

“This was never about Ukraine being potentially a part of NATO, and it was always about [Putin’s] belief that Ukraine does not deserve to be a sovereign, independent country, that it must be reassumed [sic] to Russia in one form or another,” Blinken insisted.

“pumping Ukraine with weapons” there was little chance of the peace talks succeeding, Lavrov said on Tuesday.

ship more weapons to Kiev. Speaking with reporters after the meeting at Ramstein, Austin said he could see Ukraine eventually joining NATO. 

“I do believe that in the future, if the possibility exists, I think Ukraine will seek to once again apply to be a member of NATO, but that’s probably a bit down the road and speculation at this point,” he said.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.