So pay clear attention to the story told by Alex Christoforou here:
We all know why Ukraine won't get into NATO now - because they are at war. Thus if they got into NATO now then NATO would be immediately at war with Russia. Even Democrat/Neocons on the cable news admit this.
High readiness means fully equipped and ready to fly anywhere on a moments notice. Many troops will be pre positioned and equipment stored close to Nato's eastern side. The Baltics are considered especially vulnerable to Russian aggression.
The invasion of Ukraine, and the way in which Russia has prosecuted it's war by purposely killing and terrorizing civilians has been a huge encouragement for all of Europe to join together in self defence.
At the G7 meeting a diplomatic resolution was reached with Turkey. Turkey withdrew its objection to the two countries joining Nato.
I know Sweden valued it's non aligned reputation and was one of, and often the only country allowed to run humanitarian programs in closed communist countries such as Vietnam and Laos.
Denial can be a useful coping mechanism, but when taken to an extreme it just gets sad.
People living in the middle east are dumbfounded at the ability of Americans to convince themselves that we actually have a moral high ground when talking about Russia's war in Ukraine.
Everyone knows about NATO membership, but few are familiar with the fact that NATO has "allies" and "partners".
They include such countries as Japan, Australia, and believe it or not, Russia (from 2002 to 2014).
Some background, opinions, truth, and Agitprop
‘Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that Russia's "playbook" for an invasion of Ukraine is moving forward, though he said there still is a chance for diplomacy to avert a war, CNN.com, Feb.20
“Still, Blinken said the US would continue to try to find a last-ditch diplomatic path. He said that President Joe Biden is willing to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin "at any time, in any format" if it will help prevent a war, saying the Biden administration will continue to take whatever steps it can to try to convince Moscow not to invade Ukraine.
When you think of NATO you probably think of this.
When you see how NATO has moved rapidly easterward you may be incline to say, "Well, those nations are scared of Russia."
I have to respond, "Then why didn't Finland ever feel compelled to join NATO?"