Secretary of National Security and Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that Ukraine today is a factor of security in Europe. He stated this in an interview with the online edition LB.ua.
"I met with many senior NATO and EU officials and asked them the following question: ‘Suppose that Russia will enter one of the Baltic countries tomorrow for protecting Russian-speaking population. What will be your actions? But this has happened several times already. They lost their tongue. They are not ready to fight with Russia, even when there is no alternative for them. Ukraine is a country that has learned to fight and is ready to deter such cruel aggressor, as Russia. Unfortunately, many of them do not understand that Ukraine today is the security factor of Europe. While the Ukrainian army is ready to deter Russian aggression, the European countries can sit and do nothing", he said.
According to him, many European politicians greatly underestimate Ukraine's role.
Recall that Turchynov believes that there is no alternative to the Minsk talks, since in this area Ukraine can influence the Russian Federation diplomatically and politically.