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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

Assessing NATO's Alleged Talks on Ukraine Territories


Commemorating 75th Anniversary of NATO | Source NATO | April 4, 2024
Commemorating 75th Anniversary of NATO | Source NATO | April 4, 2024

In a flurry of activity, Russian propaganda machines went into overdrive today, amplifying a report from the media platform TASS that suggested "NATO representatives are discussing the option of Kiev ceding territories to Russia in exchange for security guarantees and Ukraine's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance," referencing an article by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.


It is crucial to note that according the Italian publication these alleged discussions are said to be transpiring "behind closed doors". We could not find any official mention nor verification on NATO's official channels or any other credible sources.


Adding fuel to the fire, American media outlet The Hill sparked controversy by interpreting a statement from White House national security communication adviser John Kirby as indicating "White House signals opposition to NATO-led weapons group for Ukraine."


This interpretation stems from remarks made by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who proposed that the alliance consider leading the Ramstein grouping, seen as a measure to safeguard against increasing U.S. partisanship over aid for Ukraine. Concerns in Europe also revolve around the potential for former President Trump to withdraw support for Kyiv and NATO should he secure a second term.


Stoltenberg emphasized the need for both increased and sustained support for Ukraine, stating, "Ukrainians, they need more support, but they also need more predictable and long-term support."


Discussions on these proposals are currently underway among NATO foreign ministers in Brussels this week, aiming to reach a consensus ahead of a Washington summit in July, marking NATO’s 75th anniversary.


Kirby characterized these discussions as "preliminary" but highlighted the advantage of U.S. leadership within the Ramstein group.


Kirby underscored the significance of American leadership in fostering global cooperation, stating, “It is bigger than NATO, it’s 50 some-odd nations all around the world, including in the Indo-Pacific — and what brought them together was American leadership.”


The Ramstein grouping, initiated by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in April 2022 in response to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, reflects a concerted effort to address the escalating conflict.


Against the backdrop of internal political turbulence in the United States, marked by delayed aid to Ukraine and the prospect of Donald Trump returning to power, NATO nations are seeking a more enduring and resilient solution to support Ukraine amidst Russia's battlefield advancements and the country's dwindling ammunition supplies.


In navigating today's tumultuous political climate, it is imperative to rely on official statements, briefings, and reputable media sources grounded in factual reporting. Interpretations, often driven by agendas, can shape public opinion and further polarize already contentious issues.

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