White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused GOP Senator Josh Hawley of ‘parroting Russian talking points’ after he stated his own objection to Ukraine being invited into the NATO alliance.

The Details: Hawley had stated that inviting Ukraine into the alliance would simply not be in the interest of the U.S. and would actively undermine attempts to counterbalance China in the Pacific.

Former President George W. Bush had previously vowed that Ukraine and Georgia would eventually become members of the alliance in 2008, although no concrete plan for how this would happen was ever adopted.

NATO’s refusal to officially declare that Ukraine will not be admitted to the alliance in the future is a major point of contention for the Russians, who have repeated requested that Ukraine’s membership in NATO be blocked to decrease security concerns for Russia.

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