Poroshenko called on NATO to cooperate based on the experience of “fighting with the Russian army”


The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his column published in the Wall Street Journal, urged NATO to cooperate. The Ukrainian leader said that only Ukraine has the experience of “fighting with the Russian army.”

Column Poroshenko dedicated to which opened July 8 at the Warsaw summit of member countries of the Alliance. Poroshenko noted that NATO could use the Ukrainian experience.

“Collective security, NATO could benefit from the experience and intelligence of Ukraine”, — wrote Poroshenko. According to him, “the Russian aggression on the Eastern flank of NATO territory is an attack not only against Ukraine, but the Western world”. “No country in NATO has no real combat experience with modern Russian army. Ukraine has [this experience] is,” he said.

Poroshenko also thanked the West for support, noting that assistance in strengthening the army, and concerted action in the field of economic pressure on Russia through sanctions. However, according to Poroshenko, the sanctions policy has exhausted itself.

“Only a deep cooperation between NATO and Ukraine will contribute to stability in the Ukraine, in Eastern Europe, the black sea and in General in the transatlantic regions”, — said Poroshenko. “Coordinated efforts of NATO and its partners. < … > Working together, we can direct the course of history towards peace, stability and security,” — said the President of Ukraine.

Official Moscow has repeatedly stated that Russia’s Armed forces are not involved in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, acknowledging that in the Donbass are fighting Russian volunteers. In December 2015, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that in the East of Ukraine there are Russians who “are addressing specific issues, including in the military sphere, stressing that there is no regular troops.