"I really rely on the morality of our European partners and their instinct of self-preservation. Because stopping the Russian aggression is no less important for them than for Ukraine. The issue of extending sanctions has been in jeopardy for a number of times, but still they continue to work," Turchynov said.
"I met with many senior NATO and EU officials and asked them the same question: "Let's suppose Russia enters one of the Baltic countries tomorrow 'to protect Russian-speaking population.' What would you do?" After all, this has already happened. They got dumb. They are not ready to fight Russia, even when there is no alternative. They see Ukraine - a country that has learned to fight and is ready to deter such a cruel aggressor as Russia - as a salvation. Unfortunately, many do not understand it. They don't understand that Ukraine is a Europe's security factor today. For as long as Ukraine's army is ready to deter Russia's aggression, they [European countries - ed.] can afford to pick their noses," the official observed.