Commentary: Why Ukraine’s NATO membership is not in America’s interests

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin (L) talks with Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during a NATO foreign ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

The United States-Russia relationship is already in bad shape, and U.S. diplomats are hurting it further by sending conflicting messages about Ukraine’s future relationship with NATO.

First, NATO and Kiev signed a letter of intent in February for cooperation between their special operations forces. Two months later American ambassador and current NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said it was time to bring the Ukrainian military “in line with NATO standards.” Barely one week later, though, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO ruled out NATO expansion for the “next several years.”

These muddled messages only cause confusion, provoking Russia while potentially false hope for Ukraine. For that reason, it’s time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table. Here’s why.



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Las Vegas, Quebec City advance to 3rd and final formal stage of NHL expansion process

Las Vegas and Quebec City advanced to the third and final formal stage to land NHL expansion franchises.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the development in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

Daly referred to the third stage as “the last formal phase,” but added, “it does not necessarily constitute the end of the process.”

A person familiar with the process told The AP that the third stage involves the NHL reviewing the applicants’ business plans and revenue projections. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the NHL has not revealed the details of the process.