Foreign Minister Says Euro-Atlantic Security Will Soon Be ‘Decided In Ukraine’

January 23, 2022 20:54 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

Amid a Russian military buildup, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on the United States and Europe to treat Ukraine as part of the West that will never again be dominated by Moscow.

Russia’s buildup near Ukraine’s borders has spawned mounting concerns that an invasion may be imminent, prompting a flurry of diplomacy against the backdrop of the drumbeats of war in Europe.

If Russia were to attack Ukraine, the United States and its European allies have vowed crushing economic sanctions and other “severe consequences,” including bolstering NATO’s eastern flank.

Although Russia denies it is planning an attack, Moscow has spouted belligerent rhetoric alongside demands for a laundry list of security guarantees, including commitments that NATO never admit Ukraine and a significant retreat of the alliance from Eastern Europe.

Despite Russian threats and sharp rhetoric, Ukraine’s Western partners “continue to help us because they understand that the future of Euro-Atlantic security will be decided in Ukraine in these very months, this year,” Kuleba told RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service in an interview published on January 22.

Kyiv is not a NATO member and doesn’t benefit from the alliance’s mutual defense pact. But much to the ire of Moscow, it has received significant Western military support since Russia annexed Crimea and began backing separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

To help Ukraine fend off further Russian aggression, the United States, Britain, and NATO’s Baltic states have ramped up new military aid to Ukraine in recent days, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. Several other NATO members may follow suit.

Ukraine hopes to one day join NATO and the EU, a prospect that even the United States and European states recognize is far off due to the simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine, a democratic deficit, and entrenched corruption.

“The likelihood that Ukraine is going to join NATO in the near term is not very likely, based on much more work they have to do in terms of democracy and a few other things going on there,” U.S. President Joe Biden said at a press conference on January 19.

Although Ukraine’s prospects of integrating into key Western institutions are not on the horizon, the West says most Russian dictates on redrawing the security architecture in Europe are nonstarters.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on January 23 summed up the West’s position rejecting Moscow’s demands regarding the expansion of NATO.

“The accession of further countries from Eastern Europe to NATO is currently not on the agenda at all. What is the point of the Russian demand? There can be no such guarantee,” Scholz told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Scholz said Europe’s security and cooperation in Europe would only work without the idea of zones of influence in which countries would be unable to decide on their own positions.

Addressing ongoing tensions in eastern Ukraine and Russian aggression, Kuleba said the West must view “Ukraine as a self-standing important part of the West.”

“This conflict unleashed by Russia against Ukraine will only end once the West sends a very simple message to Russia: Ukraine is not just a country that we support; it is a part of our world, it is one of us, and it will never return to you,” he said.

The West has repeated it wants diplomacy, but with positions entrenched on both sides, successive talks between Western and Russian officials in Geneva, Brussels, and Vienna this month failed to yield any breakthrough.

https://www.rferl.org/a/kuleba-west-security-ukraine/31667591.html

11 comments

  1. ““This conflict unleashed by Russia against Ukraine will only end once the West sends a very simple message to Russia: Ukraine is not just a country that we support; it is a part of our world, it is one of us, and it will never return to you,” he said.”
    Very fine words Dmytro. I apologise on behalf of the Budapest signatories. As for the putler enablers such as Germany : you are all miserable worms who like nothing better than licking the shit off putler’s tiny jackboots.

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    • But thats the problem, Ukraine thinks it’s a part of the west, but in reality it isn’t.

      No one in the west is willing to go to war over Ukraine, yes we will support you but only because you make Putin’s life miserable otherwise we wouldn’t lift a finger.

      We will fight Putin until the last Ukrainian.

      P.S. ask yourself, would you receive the same amount if you were attacked by Turkey, I’ll answer that one, nope.

      Ukrainians are being duped into a war with Russia just to weaken Putin, not because the west loves Ukraine.

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      • Ukraine is not being “duped”, Ukraine is protecting their country. Keep in mind, Ukraine did not invade Ukraine. Also, Ukraine has every right as Turkey or anyone else does to decide their own future. Putin does not decide anyone’s future except Russia.
        You might also look up and read about the Budapest Memorandum when Ukraine gave their nukes to Russia IN EXCHANGE for security guarantees. Just imagine this world if all nations did what Ukraine had the nerve to. All Ukraine wants is for Russia to stay home and follow international law like everyone else.

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        • Looked it up, it doesn’t give security guarentees, it wasn’t even ratified by the US, it only requires from the signees that they hold consultations.

          Looks like Ukraine got duped to give up their nukes for a worthless piece of paper.

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          • 4. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of
            Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate
            United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a nonnuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
            Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a
            threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used.

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            • In the US, neither the George H.W. Bush administration nor the Clinton administration was prepared to give a military commitment to Ukraine, and they did not believe the US Senate would ratify an international treaty and so the memorandum was adopted in more limited terms.

              Al signatories wiggled from under it, you refer to the original document which was never ratified by anyone.

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              • I guess that sends a message to the Mullahs, North Korea, and others that its ok to get nukes, just look what happened to Ukraine. That doesn’t mean “The West” is subscribing to Putin’s imperial fascism though. Joining the EU and NATO was adopted in the Ukrainian Constitution so Putin can fuck off.

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                • Now do you understand why countries like NK and Iran want Nukes, they understand that such guarentees aren’t worth the paper they are written on.

                  And just because you put something in your constitution doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

                  What you guys need to do is stop relying on the west and do what’s best for Ukraine.

                  Again no one in the west is willing to die for Ukraine.

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                  • Ukraine has not asked for any troops. You will not find a single request. So I don’t know where that mantra came from about “willing to die for Ukraine.”
                    Secondly, it is in the NATO charter to have an open door policy and NATO has reassured the world of that intention last week.
                    Lastly, Ukraine is doing what is best for Ukraine. Who in the world would think its best for Ukraine to go back under the Kremlin thumb? Russia has about a 15% approval in Ukraine. I don’t know where you’re getting your news friend but I would be very skeptical of them.

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              • Ukraine does not need any treaties. If the ruSSians, supported by Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary, want to finally melt downe on ukrainian battlefields, they are free to do so.

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