Why would a nation want its enemy to be in NATO?
With the war starting on 24th February after Vladimir Putin’s supposed “special military operation” turning into a full-scale invasion, about three weeks have passed and Russia has already bombarded so many prominent cities of Ukraine.
There are almost no signs of the two countries arriving at peaceful negotiations. And now that Ukraine is trying its hardest to become a member of NATO to be in a better position during the war, Putin is outright rebelling that action and does not want Ukraine to be a NATO member.
But this opposition by Putin is not new and has been since in the past years as well. So why doesn’t Russia want Ukraine to be a NATO member? Let us see:
What is NATO?
NATO stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and is often called the North Atlantic Alliance. With the purpose and primary goal of safeguarding the freedom and security of the allies and the members of the organization by any political or military means, NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance comprising 2 North American countries and 28 European countries.
The organization was established in the aftermath of the horrible second World War on 4th April 1949 while implementing the North Atlantic Treaty.
So What Happens if Ukraine Joins NATO?
Well, one of the primary goals of NATO at the time of its formation was to prevent the expansion of the Soviet Union to other European countries. And during the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, Russia claims that they were promised by the US that NATO would not move east.
So many European countries instead joined NATO but now Russia feels threatened by NATO’s expansion in the east. And now with the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which is a country on which Russia can exert its influence, if Ukraine were to become a NATO member then Russia would not be able to suppress the nation anymore.
As a matter of fact, Ukraine is the second-largest country in Europe and has access to the Black Sea and its borders are connected by Russia in the east. If such a country were to become a NATO member then it would spell trouble for Russia.
Putin Opposes the Idea
Putin has always been opposed to NATO’s expansion in the east and has openly opposed it on multiple moments. In a Munich Security conference in 2007, he said: “It is obvious that NATO expansion does not have any relation with the modernization of the alliance itself or with ensuring security in Europe, on the contrary, it represents a serious provocation that reduces the level of mutual trust.”
The following month he also attended a NATO summit in Bucharest where he claimed Ukraine’s membership in NATO as a hostile act towards Russia.
Unless Ukraine becomes a NATO member, the alliance and the US have no obligation to come to the country’s aid.