: 'NATO with relations to Ukraine is not a rapid reaction force'
Opinion19:33 Mar. 26, 2016

'NATO with relations to Ukraine is not a rapid reaction force'

Ukraine's Deputy Defence Minister of European Integration talks Russia's aggression and NATO support

Ukraine's Deputy Defence Minister of European Integration discusses Russia's ongoing aggression in Ukraine. Ihor Dolhov says, "the behaviour of the Russian side is unpredictable and there is no direct link with the withdrawal of troops from Syria or terrorist attacks in Brussels. Whatever is happening is not directly linked with the situation in the east. The only connection we can trace now in retrospective that when Kremlin instructed those separatist forces didn't shell Ukrainian positions for more than one month in September of last year... Why it happened in September? Because they started to deploy forces in Syria and additional negotiations took place. So we know it's fully controlled from Kremlin, and we know who's in charge."

Watch Ukraine Today's previous interview with Ihor Dolhov: "NATO concerns over Ukraine military corruption groundless"

"NATO with relations to Ukraine is not a rapid reaction force. NATO prefer to work on the basis of drafted and prepared plans. Sometimes yes they react very swiftly, as it was when Crimea was occupied. Immediately on my call Secretary General conveyed an emergency meeting at the NATO headquorters, and yes political support and solidarity is always there but when we come to the practical side of the assistance it's not always easy. Because there are also bureacratic proceducers, there's a need to reach a consensus of all 28 NATO member states."

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