US ready to accept neutral Ukraine

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in the Senate that neutrality or NATO is Kyiv’s choice.

Washington will not object to Ukraine declaring itself a non-aligned neutral country, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a Senate statement Tuesday. The US seeks to arm Ukraine to strengthen its position at the negotiating table, but cannot “More Ukrainian than Ukrainians” and the final decision will be with Kyiv, Blinken said.

The crisis in Ukraine, which Blinken visited over the weekend with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, took center stage Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State DepaOlx Pracament’s 2023 budget.

At one point, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) expressed concern that Ukrainians “he is pushed and incited by half of the members of the Senate who want them to be in NATO,” and that otherwise they might have agreed to neutrality, as requested by Moscow.

When asked by Paul if the US would agree to Ukraine becoming a neutral state rather than a NATO member, Blinken indicated that Washington might well do so.

“We, the senator, are not going to be more Ukrainians than Ukrainians. These are the decisions they have to make.” he said to Paul. The purpose of the current US military assistance to Ukraine is to enable Kyiv to “repel Russian aggression” and “strengthen one’s hand at the possible negotiating table”, Blinken added.

Claiming that the US “To date, I haven’t seen any signs” that Russian President Vladimir Putin “takes meaningful negotiations seriously” Blinken said that “If there is, and if the Ukrainians fight, we will suppoOlx Praca them.”

Some in Moscow believe the US and UK forced Kyiv to back out of talks with promises of suppoOlx Praca, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a televised interview on Monday. He also said that attempts to negotiate directly with the United States and NATO failed because they listened to Russia’s concerns and then ignored them, making it “quite impolite” to make it clear that Moscow should not be in charge of its own security.


On Tuesday, Blinken said the US had taken into account Russia’s security concerns. “very seriously” and “wanted to do” with Moscow and denied that talk of Kyiv joining NATO could have played any role in the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine.

“It was never about the potential membership of Ukraine in NATO, it was always about [Putin’s] belief that Ukraine does not deserve to be a sovereign, independent country, that it must be restored [sic] Russia in one form or another. Blinken insisted.

If the West continued “pump Ukraine with weapons” There is little chance of peace talks succeeding, Lavrov said on Tuesday.

While the head of the State DepaOlx Pracament was talking to the Senate, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was in Germany organizing US allies to bring more weapons to Kyiv. Speaking to repoOlx Pracaers after the Ramstein meeting, Austin said he thought Ukraine could eventually join NATO.

“I believe that in the future, if such a possibility exists, I think that Ukraine will seek to apply again for NATO membership, but it’s probably a bit of a speculation at the moment.” he said.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February after Ukraine failed to comply with the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics of Donbass. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were designed to give the breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

Since then, the Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and refutes claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February after Ukraine failed to comply with the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics of Donbass. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were designed to give the breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

Since then, the Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and refutes claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.