Analyst Kimmage: diplomacy will not change NATO's attitude towards Ukraine, as Russia would like
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Michael Kimmage, a former diplomat and professor at the Catholic University of America (USA), called Ukraine an obstacle to improving relations with Russia. In an interview with Lente.ru, the analyst suggested that diplomacy alone would not change the West's attitude towards Ukraine in the way Russia would like.
According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he wants to see Ukraine as a neutral country that is not a member of NATO. At the same time, although the West does not expect Ukraine to join the alliance soon, they will not abandon the “open door” policy there.
Kimmage suggested that Russia is pushing troops to the border with Ukraine because it is considering using military force if it fails to achieve what it wants through diplomacy. “If this happens, it will be a very dramatic example of how Ukraine has become a source of tension and confrontation between Russia and the West,” he said.
Earlier, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan announced Washington's plans in the next 24 hours to announce data on the scenario of an attack on Ukraine, which Russia is allegedly preparing. According to Sullivan, this could be Moscow fabricating grounds for accusing Kiev of preparing an imminent attack on Russian forces in the east.