Ukraine Makes Demands for NATO-Like Security Guarantees

In the days and weeks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has employed more than one tactic to procure the West’s support in its dogged (and admirable) defense of its country. This week, in a renewed attempt to end the conflict, Zelensky outlined expectations for the international world to guarantee its security and independence.

Just two weeks ago, the New Yorker covered an appeal made by Zelensky before Congress, in which he “invoked the highest ideals and the greatest tragedies in American history.” The Ukrainian adapted Martin Luther King Junior’s “I have a dream” speech and further referenced the democratic and freedom-loving ideals of U.S. presidents immortalized in Mt. Rushmore as reason for supporting Ukraine in its fight against a foreign invasion.

Zelenskey earlier in the month called out the West for its refusal to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Following Russia’s strike on a maternity hospital, Zelensky tweeted, “Atrocity! How much longer will the world be an accomplice ignoring terror? Close the sky right now! Stop the killings! You have power but you seem to be losing humanity.” Zelensky has since reiterated his demands for a no-fly zone, as the Pentagon maintains that doing so would prove provocative to Russia and most certainly escalate existing tensions between the West and Russia.

While the United States will not enforce a no-fly zone, it continues to provide aid to Ukraine. A March 16 White House fact sheet detailed the amount of security assistance provided to date. President Biden announced mid-month “an additional $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine, bringing the total U.S. security assistance committed to Ukraine to $1 billion in just the past week, and a total of $2 billion since the start of the Biden Administration.” The press release noted that Ukraine has also received security assistance from at least 30 countries since the start of the Russian invasion.

This week, Turkey played host to a failed attempt between representatives of Ukraine and Russia to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and Ukraine’s delegate laid out its proposals for Ukraine’s security. David Arakhamia of the Ukrainian delegation proposed an “international treaty signed by all countries – guarantors of security,” suggesting that guarantors must include the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Other guarantors Ukraine wishes to involve are Turkey, Germany, Canada, Italy, Poland and Israel. Ukraine likened its proposal to NATO’s Article 5, but envisioned “no limits as regards the timing of consultations” among guarantor nations following an invasion of Ukraine. Arakhamia additionally issued the expectation that guarantor countries not only not object to Ukraine’s admission to the European Union, but also aid in the process of accession.

Russia continues to levy its assault on Ukraine and its people, and Zelensky continues to lobby for Western support through any means necessary and in disregard of any ramifications.

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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  1. I am disappoimted that Pres. Biden has held off providing the fighter jets that Ukraine so desperately needs. I understand that a no-fly zone could have ramifications but seeing how poorly Russia is doing now on the ground but yet the terrible damage they are doing from missilies and uncontested air power along with the butchery its troops are doing as they withdraw from towns across Ukraine, I canot see anyhting bemg much different if we supply the Unkranians with those jets. With them, the Ukraine could possibly stop missiles coming from Russian ships in the Black Sea. Such a move would also alleviate the blockading the Russians are now implementing all along the southern coast, which is intended to blunt the relief and supplies Ukraine’s allies are trying to deliver to them. We MUST alow for the Ukraine to get its hands on those fighter jets IMMEDIATELY. Further, if Biden continues to hesitate in this regard, the Republicans WILL gain control of one or both Houses of Congress especiallyif the Russian slaughter continues as it has been.