18:29 Jul. 8, 2016
Ukrainian President writes an op-ed article for The Wall Street Journal, titled 'Ukraine and NATO, Complementary Allies Against Russia'
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the Alliance to remember its origins as the Bloc was created to defend the peace and global order that emerged out of the chaos of World War II.
"Appeasement is not a solution," the Ukrainian President writes in his article for WSJ, UNIAN reports.
"Russia has been deliberately inciting instability wherever it can, hoping to divide the West and advance its own geopolitical agenda.", Poroshenko claims.
The President also boasts a "modern and tenable army, one that has destroyed Vladimir Putin's dream of cutting Ukraine in half."
"We have created a brand new Special Operations Force. Fifteen new brigades have been established. Military training and education has been modernized", he writes.
NATO's collective security could likewise benefit from Ukraine's experience and intelligence, he says. Russia's aggression on the Bloc's eastern flank 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," Poroshenko insists.