Volodymyr Zelensky claimed NATO wouldn’t send troops to defend a member nation if it was attacked by Russia
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. © Pavlo Gonchar / SOPA Images / LightRocket / Getty Images
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned NATO on Tuesday, furthering his criticism of the alliance in the wake of Russia’s assault, claiming the US-led military bloc is not committed to the Article 5 collective defense clause.
Speaking in a video address, the Ukrainian leader claimed that the mutual defense article has never looked “as weak as it is today.” He argued that NATO would likely fail to protect its own members if one came under assault from an adversary, such as Russia.
NATO has refused to send troops directly to defend Ukraine, as it is not part of the military alliance, and warned that its involvement would lead to direct confrontation with Russia. Zelensky suggested, however, that the bloc would respond “in the same way” if Russia attacked a member state.