Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said he officially applied for fast-track membership in NATO.
He said Ukraine is ready for talks with Moscow but not with President Vladimir Putin.
Zelensky’s announcement came after Putin held a ceremony proclaiming four occupied Ukrainian regions as annexed Russian territory.
“We are taking our decisive step by signing Ukraine’s application for accelerated accession to NATO,” Zelenskyy said in a video.
“Ukraine is ready for negotiations, but with a different Russian president,” Zelenskyy said.
Breaking: Ukraine has applied for fast-tracked NATO membership as Russia annexes four occupied Ukrainian regions. pic.twitter.com/BmafVJtuid— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 30, 2022
The United States has given Ukraine tens of billions in taxpayer funds since the beginning of the Biden administration, according to the State Department.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) slammed Democrat leadership for prioritizing Ukraine ahead of Americans.
“This year, under the speakership of @SpeakerPelosi, Congress will spend more on Ukraine than we will spend on roads and bridges in the United States,” Massie tweeted.
This year, under the speakership of @SpeakerPelosi, Congress will spend more on Ukraine than we will spend on roads and bridges in the United States.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 30, 2022
We must reassess our priorities and vote accordingly!
The Senate, not the House, votes on treaties, but adding Ukraine to NATO during a war would constitute an escalation toward US engagement in war. Furthermore, Article V of NATO would not Constitutionally permit the President to engage in war without a vote of the whole Congress. pic.twitter.com/Dgw6MaDX1f— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 30, 2022
There will be much discussion of NATO Article 5 today, but few will mention Article 11, because it exposes the lie that Article 5 itself can obligate the US to war. Article 11 shows Article 5 does not preempt the Constitutional requirement that the full Congress votes on war. pic.twitter.com/ESKFVy8hHE— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 30, 2022