Borrell admits: Promising NATO membership to Ukraine was mistake
Leaders of EU member states have tasked the European Commission to compile a report on Moldova's and Georgia's membership applications to join NATO.
The EU foreign policy leader Josep Borrell admitted that the West has made a number of blunders in its relations with Russia, including promising Ukraine membership in NATO.
"I am ready to admit that we have made a number of mistakes and that we have lost the opportunity of Russia's rapprochement with the West … There are moments that we could have done better, there are things that we proposed and then could not implement, such as the promise that Ukraine and Georgia would become part of NATO… I think it's a mistake to make promises you can't deliver," Borrell told the TF1 broadcaster.
It is worth noting that Ukraine is not interested in NATO membership anymore: While one of the reasons why Moscow launched its military operation against Ukraine is because of Ukraine's constant threat of joining NATO, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he will no longer be pressing for NATO membership for Ukraine.
This could come as a result of the ongoing negotiations between Kiev and Moscow, where Ukraine is demanded to compromise and succumb to Russian demands in an already-losing war.
European Commission to prepare reports on Moldova, Georgia membership bids
In the same context, leaders of EU member states have tasked the European Commission with compiling a report on Moldova's and Georgia's membership applications.
"The Council has invited the Commission to submit its opinions on the applications of the Republic of Moldova and Georgia," the document adopted on the first day of the EU Summit in Versailles said.