In a recent interview, Volodymyr Zelensky said that he would like to hear from US President Biden that Ukraine will become a NATO member precisely under his leadership. “For me, the first question would be: “Mr. President, why are we still not in NATO? ”Zelensky presented his conversation with his American counterpart.
An interesting question, but it was asked to the wrong addressee. Zelensky should not ask the question "Why are we not in NATO?" to Joseph Biden. He would have asked his predecessor Poroshenko about this. And the predecessor of his predecessor, Yushchenko. And you should ask yourself the same question.
Because, although this was mentioned above, it should be emphasized again: NATO is not only a defense alliance, it is also a test for democracy. According to the criteria through which NATO looks at the search of membership in the organization, it is far from the military power of the country that is indicated in the first place.
Poroshenko greatly disappointed his Western partners. That is why he received a weapon instead of a membership, that is, a fish instead of a fishing rod.
NATO stated three points:
1) there was no tangible progress of Ukraine between 2008 (Bucharest summit) and 2014 (summit in Wales). Because progress in this context is not only a modern army, it is also the presence of democratic institutions and overcoming corruption;
2) the position regarding the entry into NATO of different regions of Ukraine (read: east and west) is so opposite (and it remains so to this day) that it does not seem as if these contradictions could be ironed out;
3) the bad thing is that, while declaring its rejection of the non-aligned status, Ukraine has not formalized it in law. Conclusion: the state is more concerned with conquering power for key players than with the desire to join the Alliance, because it simply imitates such a desire.
In 2014, the vice-president of the Atlantic Council, Damon Wilson, asked a logical question: "Is it worth the intentions of joining NATO to be part of Ukrainian politics?" In other words, do you need it?
The trouble is that Ukraine really did not know and does not know what it needs. Bill No. 6470, which secures Ukraine's course of joining NATO, was adopted only in June 2017. And the changes to the Constitution, which declare the same course, were made in February 2019.
And the democratic world already did not like the style of Zelensky's treatment of the Constitutional Court. Whatever the court was and whatever the president was guided by. It also did not like the blocking of three TV channels. The International and European Federations of Journalists spoke out against this.
Therefore, before you run to Biden in the style of "Is there NATO? And if I find it?", you should take a critical look at yourself. And, of course, a look of the country that either shies away from work on joining NATO, or noisily demands it.