Francis said NATO was not blameless, citing the military alliance's eastern expansion.
"Two months before the conflict, a head of state told me that the Atlantic Alliance was in danger of unleashing what happened," Francis said.
U.S. and European officials blew through one red light after another.
"A recording of the infamous leaked telephone call between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt confirmed the extent of Washington’s meddling in the affairs of a sovereign country.
In late 2021, it became clear that the Kremlin’s restraint had run dry. Moscow issued demands for security guarantees, including a draw‐down of military forces already deployed in NATO’s eastern members. With respect to Ukraine, the demand was very clear and uncompromising: Not only would Kyiv never receive a membership invitation, but NATO weapons and troops would never be deployed on Ukrainian soil. When the West failed to provide those guarantees, Putin launched his devastating, full‐scale war.
Moscow’s cruel overreaction deserves emphatic condemnation. However, the culpability of the United States and its NATO allies also is sizable. Moving an alliance that one great power dominates to the border of another major power is inherently destabilizing and provocative."
Gunter has made a few good points on this NATO issue that get lost in his anti Ukrainian propaganda in the same posts.
NATO and the United Nations(with their fake Climate Accord that's 100% political and has nothing to do with climate) are tied at the hip!
25 Noviembre 2015
metmike: The dynamic described in the opinion above has been resolved in recent years as NATO has become very closely aligned with the UN's climate agenda.