What should Ukraine expect from NATO summit in Warsaw?

Author : Volodymyr Ohryzko

Source : 112 Ukraine

The summit must become another important factor of European accord, as well as uniting Ukraine and Europe
11:55, 6 July 2016

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Ukraine's participation in the Warsaw Summit is a good chance to tell the world what is really going on in our country, to develop common solutions on fighting against Russian aggression. This chance is unique, so it is a very essential event for us.

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Various bilateral activities to be held in terms of the summit; President Petro Poroshenko will meet with his US counterpart Barack Obama. Ukraine hopes that the leaders of the alliance do not forget about Ukraine-Russian conflict and realize that helping our country is the common interest. Helping Ukraine is helping NATO.

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The summit must become another important factor of European accord, as well as uniting Ukraine and Europe. The event will gather a special NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of Heads of State - the highest possible form of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO. This Commission would consist of the leaders of NATO countries and representatives of Ukraine, headed by the president. They will speak as equals and discuss the most topical issues.

Ukraine talks with the alliance as with a partner, saying what it expects of NATO, and what is it ready to do in response. Together they would produce the main keys for cooperation and concrete solutions in these areas.

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After the Warsaw summit, Russia - NATO meeting to take place, but it will be held at the level of the ambassadors. They will arrive to Moscow to explain what happened in Warsaw, which decisions have been made, and how could the both hostile sides co-exist. NATO representatives to inform Russia about deployment of their troops and how they are going to mediate and stop Russian aggression. This offer does not mean start of a new Cold War; the international actors would follow some strict rules and behave respectively.

This is not just another format of interaction. This is another ideology. In the case of Ukraine, it is about partnership and cooperation; in the case of Russia, it is some kind of awareness to avoid aggravation of tension.

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In my view, the tougher is the NATO's position regarding Russia, the less aggressive it will be. Russia is not capable of anything else but nuclear blackmail; and it is actively using it today. If NATO clearly explains Putin that following this direction might be dreadful, Russian leader will slow down.

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