Kissinger: "The proposal to accept Ukraine into NATO was a serious mistake and led to conflict"
Kissinger said that the proposal to accept Ukraine into NATO was a serious mistake and led to conflict
The desire of the United States to accept Ukraine into NATO was misguided and led to conflict. This opinion was expressed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
He noted that Moscow had a significant impact on the countries in its region for several centuries. But at the same time, it took an ambivalent position in relation to Europe. On the one hand, Russia showed interest in developing relations, on the other hand, it distanced itself because of the threat posed by Western countries. This, coupled with attempts to expand NATO to the east, has become the cause of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
In doing so, Kissinger justified the American leadership. According to him, the confrontation with Russia was justified in terms of "preventing Moscow's attack on the allied states in Europe." At the same time, the ex-secretary of state said that a repetition of the conflict is hardly possible.
The politician also announced the need to return the lost territories to Ukraine, making a reservation about the Crimea. In his opinion, the loss of Sevastopol, which at all times remained non-Ukrainian, would be so painful for Russia that it would jeopardize the cohesion of the state. And such a state of affairs, according to Kissinger, would be undesirable for the world after the end of the conflict.