US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is pressuring European diplomats to stop any talks about Ukraine becoming a member of NATO, in keeping with a member of Rada (the Ukrainian parliament), Oleksiy Goncharenko.
That is no minor politician.
The son of a former Odessa mayor, he’s a member of the Ukrainian Everlasting Delegation to the Parliamentary Meeting of the Council of Europe (PACE). The allegations have been publicly made in a sequence of texts posted in his Telegram channel (in Ukrainian). He wrote:
“Sadly, there will likely be no NATO [for Ukraine]. Neglect about it – it will not occur.”
Goncharenko claims that “a number of sources” in Washington instructed him the subject of Ukraine’s accession to the Atlantic Alliance “annoys the US elite” and even “after conflict” the nation mustn’t count on it.
The politician additionally commented on the continued friction between the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Basic Valery Zaluzhny. In accordance with Goncharenko, Washington is “not blissful” about it. As well as, he says, one ought to count on the following assist package deal to Ukraine to be the final one: “In a 12 months, on the finish of 2024, we is not going to be given any extra money… Most certainly, we’ll swap to a credit score type of cooperation. They’ll give a mortgage. Not a grant that gained’t have to be repaid.”
May such allegations be a fabrication created for propaganda functions? There isn’t any motive to suppose so and the logic of it on this case could be removed from clear. Actually, Goncharenko’s claims make excellent sense in gentle of what we already know by now.
We all know the US has been pressuring its ally to hold elections. Furthermore, the US Mission to NATO final month posted on X (previously Twitter) a imprecise message about Washington being “targeted on setting the circumstances for a simply, sturdy, and sustainable peace” in Ukraine. We additionally know that European Union (EU) member states are divided over the bloc’s widespread price range, together with further funding for Kyiv in 2024.
As well as, Pulitzer winner journalist Seymour Hersh has written that, in keeping with his American diplomacy and intelligence sources, the aforementioned Basic Valery Zaluzhny has been instantly negotiating a peace deal with Russian common Valery Gerasimov, independently of Zelensky, who’s described as a “wild card”. In accordance with the journalist: “The 2 generals might proceed to speak and Putin might certainly be taken with a settlement that offers him everlasting management of Crimea and the 4 provinces he has claimed, however Zelensky stays the wild card. The American official mentioned that Zelensky has been instructed that “it is a military-to-military drawback to resolve and the talks will go on with or with out you.” If essential, the American official instructed me, “We will finance his voyage to the Caribbean’.”
We all know that the unprecedented sanctions towards the Russian Federation have been backfiring for the reason that starting, with the Eurasian nice energy reaching record trade surplus as early as Could 2022. That has sparked division throughout the European continent, and the way de-industralized post-Nord Stream Europe has been harm by the continued battle and by American subsidy war.
As early as April 2023, as I wrote, former US ambassador to Finland, Earle Mack wrote that the US-led West had been “propping up Ukraine to struggle a proxy conflict” however he might solely see “a decade of dying and chaos” for the nation.
In Could Zelensky was planning a variety of daring actions towards Russia, together with bombing the Druzhba pipeline that gives Russian oil to Hungary (a NATO member), and even occupying Russian villages plus focusing on the Russian Federation with long-range missiles. Such plans crossed some purple traces and have been an enormous drawback from the standpoint of each the US and that of Ukraine’s neighbors.
That very same month, aforementioned Serymour Hersh additionally reported that international locations corresponding to Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and the Czech Republic, led by Poland (with Germany taking part in some position in it too) had been pressuring the Ukrainian chief “to discover a strategy to finish the conflict, even by resigning himself if essential, and to permit the method of rebuilding his nation to get below approach.” According to Hersh’s CIA supply on the time, these European leaders had “made it clear that ‘Zelensky can preserve what he’s bought – a villa in Italy and pursuits in offshore financial institution accounts – ‘if he works up a peace deal even when he’s bought to be paid off, if it’s the one strategy to get a deal’.” Few months later, in September, Poland stopped sending Ukraine weapons, allegedly over a commerce dispute, as bilateral relations deteriorated.
All of this factors to a transparent image rising, one which had been haunting Ukraine for some time: Western abandonment and betrayal – one thing of which Washington has a solid record. From an European perspective, the image is much more dramatic: it’s concerning the bloc’s personal pursuits. As I wrote, in December 2021, American and European vitality pursuits are removed from converging and actually the vitality disaster in that a part of the Outdated World is one thing that has benefited Washington, whereas hurting its European allies – and the identical might be mentioned concerning the American proxy attrition war in Jap Europe. It’s about time to confess NATO’s expansion has been a recipe for catastrophe and about time to confess Ukraine has a far-right drawback and an issue with the best way it offers with the Russian minority – and never simply in Donbass. And all of that may be a drawback for Europe, too.
It stays to be seen how European leaders will conduct their coverage pertaining to Ukraine and in addition to the strategic vitality pursuits of the continent. One might count on many European voices urging the bloc to rethink sanctions towards Russia, as an example, as has been the case already. For a begin, it might rethink its stance on the difficulty of the rights of ethnic minorities.