The United States’ NATO representation posted an unexpected and strange post on X. They write about how America now supports Ukraine in order to “be in the strongest possible position when the time comes to negotiate,” in addition, of course, they praise the determined performance of the Ukrainian soldiers.
We focus on creating the preconditions for a just, lasting and sustainable peace”
can be read in the post.
It is very interesting that the representatives of the mission do not mention Ukraine’s military victory over Russia as a possibility at all. The United States, along with many other NATO countries, regularly say that they are supporting Ukraine, among other things, so that the country can restore its full territorial integrity and expel the Russian army from its territory – now this post did not reflect at all.
Renowned Ukrainian social media sites reacted to the post in a critical, hostile tone.
They criticize the NATO delegation for raising the possibility of negotiations at all, many see it as Washington already wants to make territorial concessions to Russia, giving up part of the occupied territories. Several emphasize: it doesn’t matter what kind of deal is reached with Russia, according to them, Moscow will not keep it anyway.
As a result of the critical posts, the NATO representation was forced to explain:
We must make it clear: we stand by our commitment to Ukraine. Sustainable peace means not succumbing to Russia’s brazen and violent attempt to seize territory. The battle is not over, it can still be won. We will support Ukraine as long as it is necessary.”
This post also received a mixed reaction: some thanked the clarification, while others argued that the American delegation was still too soft. According to them, “winnable” does not mean that Washington is sure of Ukraine’s victory, and they do not write about Russia’s military failure as an expected and beneficial outcome.
Get a better social media intern!”
suggests one user.
By the way, it is possible that the change in communication is completely conscious on the part of America: you can read a lot of Western newspaper articles about how, as a result of the summer offensive in Ukraine, many people in the NATO leadership began to doubt whether Ukraine could win the war against Russia. A few weeks ago, Ukrainian Chief of Staff Valery Zaluzhny himself wrote that the conflict had reached a stalemate.
Then, of course, it could be that the whole thing is really just the clumsiness of an inexperienced social media worker.
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