Vladimir Putin Warns Ukraine That Joining NATO is Unacceptable
The longtime leader claimed that Ukraine’s admittance to the organization would give NATO access to missiles that need just seven minutes to reach Moscow and other points of interest in Russia, the Associated Press reported. He also said that his concern would be similar to a situation where Russian missiles were stationed in Mexico or Canada, allowing them to reach the U.S. in a much shorter amount of time if deployed.
“At least 50 percent of Ukrainian residents don’t want entry into NATO and these are smart people,” Putin said during the interview. “They understand, they don’t want to wind up on the firing line, they don’t want to be bargaining chips or cannon fodder.”
U.S. President Joe Biden, who will meet Putin at a Geneva summit Wednesday, told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a call that the U.S. support for Ukraine’s independence is unmoving. Biden said that Kyiv’s position in Russia would be considered when discussing NATO affairs, the Associated Press reported.