"... The United States and NATO are not ready for a military confrontation with Russia... That is why ... they are sacrificing Ukraine for Russia."
Political expert Elchin Khalidbeyli made such a claim in an article in the Yeni Musavat newspaper.
Fakt Yoxla examined whether the claim was true in terms of whether the United States and NATO sacrificed Ukraine for Russia.
The article was published on January 27, 2022. Therefore, in the first part of the study, we will consider the period up to that date.
Moscow has backed pro-Russian rebels who occupied much of eastern Ukraine in 2014. As a result, relations between the two countries began to deteriorate again. At least 13,000 people have been killed in the long-running clashes between the two countries. However, Ukraine is now facing a greater threat, an attempt by Russia to occupy all of Ukraine. If the occupation takes place, it is likely to begin in the east of the country, where the rebels are based.
During this period, the Russian-Ukrainian crisis is widely discussed in the world, and world leaders are making various efforts to solve the problem. US President Joe Biden said, “Russia is likely to invade Ukraine in February, such a step will "change the world".” Biden said he would not accept Moscow's "red lines" at a time when concerns over Russia's intervention in Ukraine were growing. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said the United States continued to focus on diplomacy but would respond quickly and harshly if Moscow resorted to "widespread aggression".
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, stated that Russia should be warned that the intervention in Ukraine would be a violent, bloody, and painful process. He also said that if Russia attacked Ukraine, it would be "a disaster not only for Ukraine but also for Russia and the whole world": “If Russia attacks Ukraine on any scale, it will be a disaster not only for Ukraine but also for Russia. This will be a disaster for the whole world. Britain will stand by Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity.”
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also said the European Union would impose "major economic and financial sanctions" if Russia attacked Ukraine.
In the second part of the study, let's look at how NATO and the United States have supported Ukraine since the start of the war.
US President Joe Biden signed a bill on February 25 allocating $ 350 million in emergency aid to Ukraine to protect itself from the Russian threat.
In another bill announced on March 12, the United States provided an additional $ 200 million in military assistance to Ukraine.
The US President also signed another bill on March 15, 2022, allocating a total of $ 13.6 billion in support packages to Ukraine. Of this amount, $ 6.5 billion is provided for military assistance and $ 6.7 billion for humanitarian and other assistance.
On March 7, the United Kingdom, a member of NATO, allocated a package of aid worth £ 400 million to Ukraine for humanitarian and economic assistance. In addition, the United Kingdom provides military and technical assistance to Ukraine.
Thus, both the United States and NATO countries provided military, humanitarian, and other assistance to Ukraine before and after the war.
As a result of this assistance, despite the fact that more than 40 days have passed since the beginning of the war, the Russian armed forces have not been able to take control of a single major city in Ukraine.
Given all this, it can be said that the United States and NATO do not sacrifice Ukraine for Russia.
Fakt Yoxla concludes that the claim is Anti-Western Propaganda.