Zelenskyy Admits, We Knew We Would Never Join NATO
March 22, 2022 (EIRNS)—You never do know what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will say next. In a March 20 CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, Zelenskyy admits that he was told before the beginning of the Russian military operation, that although Ukraine would not be admitted to NATO, the Alliance would still publicly say that its doors were open to Ukraine.
“I told them that we are running out of time. You have to admit Ukraine into NATO right now. We do not have much time. You have to accept Ukraine as a member of EU. We deserve these alliances. We are just reinforcing you,” Zelenskyy reportedly told NATO and EU leaders.
“But everyone in the West told me that we do not have any chance of NATO or EU membership. I asked them not to drive the Ukrainian people into a corner, because our people are brave and the West should also be brave in telling directly to the Ukrainian people that, well, you are not going to be a NATO-EU member....
“I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five. Just say it directly and clearly or just say no, and the response was very clear, you are not going to be a NATO or EU member, but publicly the doors will remain open.”