Ukraine irritates Russia applying to join NATO, - Radoslaw Sikorski

Source : 112 Ukraine

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15:24, 7 July 2017

Russian nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad oblast could reach not just Warsaw from Kaliningrad but also Berlin and Paris and some other capital cities, which should be of concern to allies of NATO. Radoslaw Sikorski, a Polish politician and journalist, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that in his interview to Elina Beketova, 112 Ukraine TV channel TV presenter.

“As far as I know nuclear weapons were never withdrawn from the Kaliningrad oblast of the Russian Federation. They were there in Soviet times and they continued to be there since then. The new element is the new types of missiles that according to credible American reports, they actually have a range of 500 kilometers which would mean the breaching of the last existing peace of security architecture in Europe, namely the treaty signed by Gorbachov and Regan in the 1980s (the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, INF Treaty), which will be very serious because it would mean that you could reach not just Warsaw from Kaliningrad but also Berlin and Paris and some other capital cities. Which means that with tactical weapon you could be achieving a strategic objective. And that of course should be of concern and it is of concern to allies of NATO and we need clarification on what the Russians are up to there,” said Sikorski.

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Is not sure that struggling for NATO membership should be an urgent objective for Ukraine as the chances of achieving it are very small.

“I think security guarantees are only useful if they are credible, and Europe hasn’t yet rearmed itself. Europe still needs to make its security guarantees credible for the existing members, and we are not quite there yet. And so there is no appetite on the NATO side to enlarge NATO to a large countries such as Ukraine. So by applying to join NATO now you will be irritating Russia and giving Russia an excuse and an argument for saying why Russia has to react to Ukraine’s policy without actually enhancing your security. I would concentrate on the other part of your pro-western aspirations – to transform your legal system to look like that of the European Union,” Sikorski added.

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