Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Ukraine may give up its efforts to join NATO to avoid war with Russia. The BBC gave this information quoting the Ambassador of Ukraine to Britain. Ambassador Vadim Pristyko told the BBC that Ukraine is ready to be “flexible” on its goal of joining the Atlantic military alliance. He said the move would be a trigger for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba wrote on Facebook late Sunday that Russia ignored Kiev’s formal request for an explanation about why Moscow had deployed more than 100,000 troops and advanced weapons around Ukraine. “Ukraine is convening a meeting with Russia and all member states over the next 48 hours to discuss the reinforcement and movement of Russian forces along our border,” he wrote.
Russia started exercise
Russia began exercises in Belarus and the Black Sea last week. He moved his tanks throughout Belarus and the Black Sea. With this, the fear of Russian attack on Ukraine has deepened. The Russian maneuvers in Belarus will last until February 20. It is believed that this is Russia’s new warning for NATO and Western countries. Meanwhile, Ukraine has also announced to conduct military exercises in response to Russia’s maneuvers in the region.
On the other hand, US President Joe Biden has appealed to all his citizens living in Ukraine to leave the country immediately in view of the increasing threats of military action from Russia. Biden said he would not send troops to rescue the Americans if Russia invades Ukraine. The US President has warned that the situation in the region can change rapidly. Biden said in an interview with NBC News that US citizens should now leave Ukraine.
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Russia has deployed nearly 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border, though it denies plans to attack Ukraine. NATO has said that Russia’s deployment of missiles, heavy artillery and machine guns is a dangerous moment for Europe. Let us tell you that this situation has happened 30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. Western leaders are trying to ensure that talks with Russia are not blocked. They want Russia’s concerns and complaints about NATO expansion to be heard. China recently opposed the expansion of NATO, agreeing with Russia, amid rising tensions with Ukraine.
What is NATO?
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is a common political and military organization of North America and Europe. It was formed in the year 1949. The first and foremost objective of this organization formed after the Second World War was to limit the growing scope of the Soviet Union. Apart from this, America also used it to prevent the growth of nationalist ideas in Europe, so that political unity could be established in the European continent.
When NATO was formed in 1949, it had 12 founding members – the United States, Britain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. Basically this organization works on the policy of shared security. Its purpose is that if a foreign country attacks a NATO member country, then the rest of the member countries will protect the country under attack by military and political means.
Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but has made a promise since 2008 that it would eventually be given the opportunity to join. This is a move that will bring the US-led coalition to the Russian border. Putin says Ukraine’s growing ties with the coalition could make it a launchpad for NATO missiles targeted at Russia. He says that Russia needs a ‘red line’ to stop it.