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NATO Has No Interest to Find Negotiated Solution in Ukraine, Only Dragging Crisis, UN Official Says

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - NATO has shown no interest at the Washington summit this week in finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Ukraine but has instead outlined an agenda that will only prolong the conflict, Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, told Sputnik.
On Wednesday, NATO released a joint Washington Summit Declaration, which outlines the alliance's efforts to further isolate Russia, bolster the alliance's security on its eastern flank, increase security assistance for Ukraine, and claim Ukraine is on an "irreversible path" into NATO, among other initiatives.
"It expresses zero interest or intention on finding a negotiated solution for Ukraine," Sachs said. "Instead, it doubles-down on Ukraine’s irreversible course to NATO membership, which will never happen because of Russia’s opposition, but which will needlessly and recklessly prolong the current war."
It also portrays NATO as a defensive alliance, notwithstanding its frequent involvement in offensive regime-change operations in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Libya, Ukraine, and others, according to the official.
Sachs added that NATO erroneously puts all the blame for the conflict in Ukraine on Russia, ignoring completely the 2014 coup, the failure of the Minsk Agreement, and the push for NATO enlargement.
Russia has repeatedly said it stands against Ukraine's membership in NATO due to national security concerns but has never opposed Kiev's aspirations to join the European Union.
NATO plans to allocate at least $40 billion in security aid to Ukraine within the next year, aiming to meet Ukraine's needs and uphold bilateral agreements, with contributions to be reassessed at the 2025 summit, according to the summit declaration.
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Sachs continued, saying that NATO's latest joint declaration serves as a stark neoconservative recommitment to US hegemony.
"The NATO Declaration is a stark neoconservative recommitment to US hegemony. It calls for NATO to back the 'rules-based order,' which is actually the US-based order that is often directly contrary to the UN Charter," Sachs said.
Sachs explained that NATO's declaration also restates Article 10 of the Washington Treaty, which claims that Russia has no input if NATO expands to surround Russia.
Moreover, Sachs said NATO's joint statement describes its commitment to advanced biotechnologies, which raises concerns about biowarfare.
Sachs also pointed out that the declaration shows NATO’s intention to continue to deploy anti-ballistic missiles throughout Europe as it's previously done in Poland, Romania, and Turkey, which has directly destabilized the nuclear arms control architecture ever since the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002.
The White House announced earlier that the United States will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fire capabilities of its Multi-Domain Task Force in Germany in 2026.
The Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said US plans to deploy intermediate- and shorter-range missiles to Germany pose a direct threat to international security and increase the risks of a missile arms race.