Patrick Buchanan, author of the book Churchill, Hitler and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost its Empire and the West Lost the World, analyzed the Ukrainian situation in an article he published on www.original.antiwar.com
“When Russia’s Vladimir Putin called the United States for ruling out Ukraine as future NATO member nation, the United States fired back: NATO has an open-door policy. Any nation, including Ukraine, can apply for membership and be admitted.” We´re not going to change that,” the analyst quoted.
In the 2008 Bucharest Declaration, Mr. Buchanan explained, NATO put Ukraine and Georgia on the path to accession and coverage under Article-5, setting down that an attack on any NATO member is an attack on all.
Not getting a satisfactory answer to his call, President Putin acted and settled the issue. Neither Ukraine nor Georgia will become NATO members, Mr. Buchanan noted.
President Putin did exactly what he had warned us he would do. Whatever the character of the Russian president, which is now hotly debated here in the United States, he established his credibility. When Putin warns that he will do something, he does it, he stressed. How have we got here? And where do we go from here?
How did we get to the point where Russia – believing that it is over a barrel and that the United States, bringing NATO ever closer, has put it there – has come to choose war with Ukraine rather than accepting the destiny and future that it thinks the West has in store for Russia?