Kissinger: The proposal to include Ukraine in NATO was a grave mistake and led to the outbreak of armed conflicts
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who turns 100 on Saturday, described the proposal to include Ukraine in NATO as a “grave mistake”.
Kissinger said that it was Kiev’s invitation to NATO that led to the outbreak of the armed conflict, and added that Ukraine needed to regain lost lands, with the exception of Crimea.
According to Kissinger, “There are no more neutral zones between NATO and Russia, and if Russia wins, the entire concept of NATO’s existence will be reduced to dust”.
The former minister stressed that the expansion of the alliance should have stopped in Poland, where it was necessary to “take seriously the security concerns announced by President Vladimir Putin”.
“For Russia,” Kissinger continued, “the loss of Sevastopol, which has always and historically been non-Ukrainian, would be tantamount to a fall, so that the cohesion of the state would be in danger”.
The diplomat supported the White House’s measures to support Kiev, and said that Ukraine was now “the best-armed country in Europe”.
May 27, 2023 marks the centenary of the emergence of the US politician and statesman, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that his country should become the thirty-third member of NATO, after Finland and Sweden.