NATO expansion should have stopped at Poland, and Ukraine should have taken Finland’s place in relations between Russia and the West. This was stated by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

“I believed that Poland — all countries that have traditionally been part of the history of the West — should logically be members of NATO,” Kissinger said.

He also stressed that in relation to Ukraine, he always suggested that it play a role “like Finland.”

According to the former Secretary of State, NATO made a mistake by signaling the possibility of Ukraine joining the alliance. Kissinger noted that it was also worth taking seriously the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin about security concerns. At the same time, he stressed that after the special operation in Ukraine, the situation has changed.

“Now I think, one way or another, formally or not, when all this is over, Ukraine should be approached as a NATO member,” he added.

Earlier, the former politician said that the United States of America is on the verge of war with Russia and China. He noted that partial responsibility for the possible development of relations between the countries lies with the United States itself.

“We are on the verge of war with Russia and China on issues that we have partially created, without having any idea how this will end or what it should lead to,” the former foreign minister said.