A brief overview of the positions of some American officials and experts, familiar with the “Ukraine issue” and international policy principles, who prove why Ukraine really matters in global security.
A former United States ambassador and chargé d’affaires for Ukraine William B. Taylor wrote for the New York Times that the relations between Ukraine and the U.S. are key to the American national security. Here are some arguments why Ukraine is important for the United States and Europe:
- Russia is fighting a hybrid war against Ukraine, Europe and the United States.
- On the energy battlefield, the Kremlin is trying to bypass Ukraine and increase German and European dependence on Russia by spending billions on an unnecessary underwater natural gas pipeline.
- Russia’s hybrid war is also an information war. Starting at home, Russian media is dominated by the state, leading its citizens to believe they are under threat from a hostile West and convincing them that President Vladimir Putin protects them from corrupt enemies.
- The Russians interfered in the U.S. elections in 2016 — following the interfering in Ukraine’s elections in 2014, and Britain’s Brexit referendum earlier in 2016.
- The Kremlin is attacking the rules that kept the peace among major European powers for 70 years.
Kurt Volker, who served as the U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations from and was also U.S. ambassador to NATO, insisted that “Ukraine’s success is therefore of immense national security importance to the United States”.
A former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria and career Army intelligence officer James W. Pardew highlighted in the Hill three reasons why Americans should pay their full attention to the Ukraine issue:
- The ongoing situation in Ukraine has serious national security consequences as the U.S confronts the Putin regime’s offensive against Western democracies;
- Allegations related to Ukraine represent the potential precedent for foreign interests to determine the legitimacy of U.S. elections, and therefore, the future of American democracy.
- Ethical actions by career professionals in the civil service and the military who respect their oath to the constitution and the rule of law over personal political loyalty are critical to the defense of this country against government crime and corruption.
The Editor of the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert blog Peter Dickinson pointed that “Ukraine’s fate will shape global security”. He stressed that Ukrainian experience in fighting Russian hybrid war has already helped the European Union, the United States and other countries to deal with the Kremlin techniques applied on their land. Mr. Dickinson has also mentioned nuclear nonproliferation, adding that “in the December 1994 Budapest Memorandum, the US was one of three signatories to provide security assurances to Ukraine”. Among other messages, pushed in the publication, there are following:
- Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea is a direct challenge to the sovereignty of all nations.
- The breakdown of international law would also lead to a deteriorating political climate.
- Americans would find themselves forced to intervene but the cost of this intervention will only rise if Russia is not stopped in Ukraine.