In his appearence before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Blinken said that the United States will support Ukraine’s possible decision not to join NATO and maintain its neutrality. This represents not only a welcome de-escalation of war rhetoric from the Biden admininistration, but also aligns with the position of Ukraine’s President Zelensky.

What Zelensky isn’t ready to do is to accede to any demands of Putin that violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Makes sense.

By the way, truth be told, there was never a roadmap to Ukraine’s membership in NATO, in large measure because of the hesitation of some of its current members. In their calculus, bringing Ukraine into NATO, could easily become more trouble than it’s worth.