The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created to defend the peace and global order that emerged out of the chaos of World War II. As world leaders gather in Warsaw for the NATO summit on Friday, it will be important to remember these origins. Appeasement is not a solution. Russia has been deliberately inciting instability wherever it can, hoping to divide the West and advance its own geopolitical agenda, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says in his article for The Wall Street Journal, Censor.NET reports.
"NATO's collective security could likewise benefit from Ukraine's experience and intelligence. Russia's aggression on the eastern flank of NATO territory is an aggression not only against Ukraine, but the Western world. Yet no NATO member state has actual battlefield experience engaging with the modern Russian army. Ukraine does," the Ukrainian president noted.
"We are grateful for the support the West has given us so far. NATO has held firm in its stance against Russia's aggression in Crimea and the Donbas, and continues to support the building of a strong army and a successful democratic state. Owing to the concerted economic pressure imposed through sanctions, Russia has been limited in its capacity to advance into Ukrainian territory," Poroshenko said.
However, Ukrainian President notes that "this reactive strategy, imposing sanctions after violations have taken place, has largely exhausted itself."
"In the Donbas, the Kremlin has turned to a war of attrition. It persistently violates the terms of the cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk, not forcefully enough to trigger a serious response from the international community, but strong enough to maintain pressure on both Ukraine and the West. So long as the Kremlin can continue to ignite minor conflagrations in certain areas such as the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, it will use them as leverage to bully other countries," he remarked.
According to Poroshenko, only a deeper partnership between NATO and Ukraine will foster stability in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, the Black Sea region and the transatlantic area as a whole. NATO's support is a necessary part of the solution for defense and security threats in Ukraine. More pressure should be exerted against the aggressor, the president believes.