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The president of ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiyintensified this Tuesday the critics to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after the invasion of Russia to his country, questioning the alliance’s commitment to its Article 5 collective defense clause.

Zelenskiy said in a video address that Article 5 had never seemed “as weak as it is today.” NATO has not sent troops to defend Ukraine, which is not a member of the Western military alliance, and the president suggested that the Atlantic Alliance would react “in the same way” to an attack on one of its members by Russia, reported NA.

NATO leaders have previously rejected such suggestions. The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkensaid during a visit to Lithuania last week that Washington has a “sacrosanct” commitment to the Article 5 guarantee of mutual defense among member states.

Article 5 states that “an attack on a NATO member represents an attack on all the nations of the organization.” This has been the cornerstone of the alliance since it was founded in 1949 as a counterweight to the Soviet Union, Reuters replied.

“We realized that Ukraine will not become a member of NATO. We get it, we’re reasonable people. For years we have heard that the gates were supposed to be open, but we have already seen that we cannot enter,” Zelensky said.

“We hear arguments that World War III could start if NATO closes its skies to Russian planes. That is why the humanitarian air zone over Ukraine was not created and that is why the Russians can bomb cities and kill people,” the Ukrainian said.

In this sense, the president assured that they have presented a proposal so that the country alone can protect its airspace and its people: “Those countries that have a common border with Russia should think about how to protect themselves and we are doing everything possible to obtain air defense and aircraft.

“How many cruise missiles have to fall on our cities?” Zelenskiy asked during a meeting of leaders of the Nordic and Baltic countries convened by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


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