Sen. Hawley Wants the U.S. to Abandon Its Pledge to Let Ukraine Join NATO

by Sebastian Hughes

 

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri called on President Joe Biden to abandon NATO’s pledge to accept Ukraine as a member of the organization.

“It is not clear that Ukraine’s accession would serve U.S. interests,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Indeed, deteriorating conditions in the global security environment caution otherwise.”

The senator asked for “clarity” from Blinken about how Ukraine’s membership helps U.S. interests, and he cited the threat of China as a reason to go back on its promise, arguing the binding commitment to defend Ukraine would hinder America’s response to the communist power.

“The United States must shift resources to the Indo-Pacific to deny China’s bid for regional domination,” Hawley wrote. “This means the United States can no longer carry the heavy burden it once did in other regions of the world – including Europe.”

Former President George W. Bush, along with all NATO leaders, agreed at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Ukraine and Georgia would eventually be allowed to become members, though a timetable was not established, Axios reported.

Russia has amassed up to 130,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, blaming the West for creating security risks and demanding NATO rescind its promise to Ukraine and Georgia. Biden approved more U.S. military deployments to Eastern Europe on Wednesday, as diplomatic talks fail to de-escalate the situation.

“Already, President Biden has announced that the United States will send more conventional forces to Europe, if Russia invades Ukraine,” Hawley wrote. “Such a deployment can only detract from the U.S. military’s ability to ready and modernize forces to deter China in the Indo-Pacific.”

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Sebastian Hughes is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

 

 


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2 Thoughts to “Sen. Hawley Wants the U.S. to Abandon Its Pledge to Let Ukraine Join NATO”

  1. william delzell

    I would have to agree with MO’s U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s opposition to admitting Ukraine to NATO. In fact, I would go further to oppose the eastward expansion of NATO that began sometimes in the early nineties when Bush, Sr.’s Secretary of State James Baker PROMISED Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachov that no expansion of NATO would occur as a result of the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.

    If NATO has had any usefulness at all since its creation in 1949, it has definitely outlived that usefulness now. The men and women like Hillary Clinton, Tony Blinken, et al. who yell the loudest for NATO expansion, let alone a shooting war with Russia and China, should be the first people we send to the front before risking the lives of any single U.S. military personnel!

  2. 83ragtop50

    I question Hawley on this. He really seems to be easily swayed one way or another all of the time.

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