Fact Checking Zelensky on Non-Alignment, by Ted Snider

Any fact checking of Zelensky will yield a bounteous harvest of lies. From Ted Snider at antiwar.com:

In his annual message to the parliament of Ukraine at the end of 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine has changed the world by uniting the West and making non-alignment unpalatable.

He said that Ukraine has “helped the West find itself again,” that it has “united the European Union.” He said that Ukraine has “helped Europe and most of the world feel that being neutral now is, pardon me, immoral.”

There is some truth to Zelensky’s first claim. The war in Ukraine has given renewed unity, agreement and purpose to NATO. Although, even here, there are outliers.

Turkey has not been united with NATO. It has sought to mediate a negotiated settlement to the war, it has held out on approval of Swedish and Finnish accession to NATO, it has spurned the sanctions regime against Russia and drastically increased trade. Hungary has not been united with NATO. On January 15, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic opposed sanctions on Russia and accused “Washington and NATO” of “waging a proxy war against Russia with the help of Ukraine.” Italy has been hesitant to send further aid in part because of domestic political tension.

Even France and Germany have not been fully united with the West. Both German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have continued to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And both Macron and Scholz have defied the US in suggesting that negotiations with Russia include addressing Russia’s security concerns.

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