President Biden does NOT want American troops fighting Russian troops in the Ukraine….
THAT IS HIS POINT….
Biden is trying to dance around this….
Zelensky is NOT……
No one should get excitied about this….
It is the way things ARE…..
After things are OVER…..
NATO will consider inviting the Ukraine to join…..
By the Way?
Zelensky HAS done pretty damn good in getting Biden and the Wets to support his country to the tune of BILLIONS….
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine arrived in Lithuania on Tuesday for a major NATO summit after sharply criticizing “uncertainty” over Ukraine’s path to membership in the alliance, highlighting a rift among allied leaders seeking to project unity in the face of Russian aggression.
Before Mr. Zelensky arrived for the annual summit, NATO leaders agreed in a joint statement to offer Ukraine an invitation to join, but remained vague on how and when. Earlier on Tuesday, the Ukrainian leader had repeated his frustration over the lack of clarity, calling it “absurd” and adding: “Uncertainty is weakness.”
The leaders of the 31 member states said in their communiqué that Ukraine would receive an invitation “when allies agree and conditions are met.” That language is considerably weaker than what Mr. Zelensky has said is necessary amid Russia’s invasion.
President Biden said before the summit that Ukraine was not ready to be a member, while several former Soviet bloc nations are pushing for its entry now or as soon as there is a cease-fire with Russia. The debate has again exposed differences among Western allies that have emerged throughout the war, with European states closest to Russia pushing for more and faster support for Ukraine and the Biden administration opting for a more deliberate approach — often to Kyiv’s consternation….
Zelensky calms down unpon his arrival in Lithuania….
Zelensky struck a slightly softer tone upon his arrival in Vilnius, telling a crowd in the city’s central square that he had come to Lithuania with “faith in partners” and in a strong NATO that “does not hesitate.”
“I would like this faith to become confidence – confidence in the decisions that we deserve – all of us deserve,” he told the crowd, according to a statement on Twitter. “NATO will give Ukraine security,” he added. “Ukraine will make the alliance stronger.”
NATO reinforces it in ‘one for ALL’…..
While NATO countries continue to debate how to describe Ukraine’s future relationship with NATO and its path to full membership, the alliance has already completed a central part of its job at the Vilnius summit — approving detailed defense plans to ensure that it can deter its enemies and defend “every inch” of its territory.
NATO’s prime task is to protect its current members — 31, and soon to be 32 once Sweden formally joins. For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has given political approval to detailed plans designed to ensure the alliance’s collective military defense against a major attack by a power like Russia, which upended NATO’s strategic assumptions with its invasion of Ukraine.
The plans were drawn up by Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the supreme allied commander in Europe, and his military staff. General Cavoli is also the commander of American troops in Europe, and these plans integrate American forces into the defense of Europe more explicitly than at any time in the last 30 years.
The plans cover the three main areas of NATO responsibility: one for the northern territory of the alliance, including the Arctic; one for the central region including the Baltics and the eastern flank closer to Russia; and one for the southeast, including the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
They outline tasks for each member country, with specific areas to defend, which allies to work with and what kind of equipment to use. The three regional plans “explain what countries have to do given the geography of those regions to deter and defend, in all domains — space, cyber, land, maritime, air,” said Adm. Rob Bauer, chair of NATO’s Military Committee.
They are designed to defend against both a military opponent, such as Russia, and against terrorism, a continuing preoccupation of many allies, including Turkey.
Turkey had previously blocked adoption of the plans because it objected to the names used for certain geographic areas, including the Dardenelles and the Straits, but has now lifted those objections, making approval possible.
The task now is for member states to spend the time and money to put the plans into action, Admiral Bauer said, adding: “That will take a considerable number of years to get there.”….
NATO says F-16’s for Turkey wasn’t the ‘deal’ for Sweden Ok….
The Dog does NOT BELIEVE that statement one Bit……
Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, said negotiations to supply Turkey with American-made F-16 fighter jets were not part of the agreement reached on Monday to allow Sweden to join the military alliance.
Turkey has demanded that the United States sell it the fighter jets and other armaments, but any agreement to do so was not included in a statement issued Monday night shortly after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said he would no longer block Sweden’s accession to NATO.
Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, said on Tuesday that Mr. Biden would move forward with the transfer to Turkey of the F-16s “in consultation with Congress.”….
NATO leaders agreed Tuesday to allow Ukraine to join “when allies agree and conditions are met,” hours after President Volodymyr Zelensky blasted the organization’s failure to set a timetable for his country as “absurd,” the AP reports.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CNN that Ukrainian NATO membership “in the immediate future isn’t likely because that would put NATO at war with Russia.”