Responding to the Russians

March 20, 2014

Publisher: International Centre for Policy Studies, Ukraine

The European Union and NATO should take steps that will lead to the admission of Ukraine into their organizations, in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, according to an International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) policy brief.

“The EU should offer Ukraine a clear membership perspective and rapidly introduce visa-free travel,” write ICPS analyst Vasyl Filipchuk and Amanda Paul of the European Policy Centre in the brief, which appears in the fourth edition of the think-tank’s Foreign Policy Insight publication.

“The Russian invasion shows one thing clearly: Ukraine, even if it adopts a neutral status, will never be safe until it enters under the aegis of NATO, one way or another. Hence the issue of a MAP for Ukraine needs to be put back on the table for discussion. Russia has never invaded a NATO member state.”

Download: Foreign Policy Insight – Ukraine #4

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