While Russia continues to invade Ukraine, new polls show that Americans are divided in their view of the North Atlantic Treaty or NATO, a union of 28 European countries and Canada and the United States
According to a Gallup poll conducted from February 1 to 17, a week before Russia’s full-scale invasion, nearly half of Americans – 45% – said NATO is doing a bad job in “trying to solve the problems she had to face.”
48 percent of Americans said NATO was doing a good job.
Democrats and Republicans disagree on the alliance. While seven in 10 Democrats say NATO has tried well to solve problems, only 27% of Republicans have said the same.
Sixty-five percent of Americans said the United States should “increase its commitment” to NATO or “maintain its commitment to what we have now.”
A few weeks before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to attack Ukraine, about 52 percent of Americans described tensions between the two countries as “a critical threat to vital US interests,” the poll said.
Americans’ perceptions of Russia have deteriorated since 2012, with a poll showing that 85 percent of Americans now view the country in a negative light.
Meanwhile, 62% of Americans said they were positive about Ukraine. The poll has an error of plus or minus four percentage points
Russia has launched invasion of Ukraine on three fronts early on Thursday, February 24, “bombed cities, towns and villages” as forces advanced to the capital of Kiev.
“President Putin has chosen deliberate war it will bring catastrophic loss of life and human suffering, ”said President Joe Biden in a statement announcing additional sanctions against Russia.
President Putin claimed his military forces protect citizens in eastern Ukraine, who want to rejoin Russia, reports BBC News. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President Biden rejected these statements.
Although Ukraine is not a member of NATO, the alliance says it is ready to assist in what it calls “Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine.”
As previously reported by McClatchy News, the United States, Canada and other European NATO members are unlikely to deploy their own military forces unless Russia launches a direct attack on one of the NATO members.
Under their pact, NATO members agree that an armed attack against one member in Europe or North America would be seen as an attack against all of them. They agree that each will assist the affected parties by taking any action they deem necessary, including the use of force.
Russia’s strategy was to inflame conflicts in countries that could join NATO to make the process more difficult, McClatchy News sources said, like what is happening in Ukraine now.
“We do not lay down our arms,” Zelensky said on Saturday, February 26. “We will defend our country, because our weapons are the truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend all this.”
Ukrainian forces are offering “very strong resistance”, especially in Kiev, which is under heavy attack by Russia artillery and cruise missiles, according to Reuters.
Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe by land, was part of the former Soviet Union declared independence in 1991.
This story was originally published February 26, 2022, 1:52 p.m.