NATO is not ready to protect Ukraine – Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament
The West is not ready to go for a military conflict with Russia in order to return Crimea under the control of Ukraine.
This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament Alexander Graf Lambsdorff in an interview with DW.
At the same time, the politician confirmed the position of Western countries in relation to non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, which, according to him, was “absolutely and unequivocally illegal.”
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“Was committed a gross violation of international law. We do not recognize Russia’s actions against Crimea. This means that even if in fact the return of the Crimea to Ukraine is impossible, because no one wants violence, from a legal point of view, we do not recognize the Russian Crimea. It is an absolutely clear line. Virtually the entire world adheres to this position,” said Lambsdorff.
The MEP said that he did not see the Kremlin’s willingness to discuss the situation around the Crimea. Lambsdorff also said that among the allies there is “no willingness” in order to protect the interests of Ukraine.
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“I see a willingness to stabilize the situation in Ukraine, to contribute to its democratic development, and economic growth. But to guarantee compliance with the 5th article of the NATO Charter, which regards an attack on one NATO country as an attack on all NATO countries, I don’t see the willingness to do so,” said the German politician on the question of whether to accept Ukraine into NATO.
He also added that this issue should be approached with great patience and caution.”
We will remind, on June 10, Poroshenko held talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who arrived in Kiev. The sides discussed the program for Ukraine, where three years later, the Ukrainian army needs to achieve NATO standards and to learn how to counter Russia’s hybrid war, including in cyberspace.