12:15 GMT +3 hours25 May 2016
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Brzezinski: Russia Has to Be Assured That Ukraine Will Never Join NATO

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Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski stands by his convictions that Ukraine should never join the North Atlantic Alliance if peace and stability in the war-torn country and the region as a whole is to last.

Brzezinski's full recipe for solving the yearlong Ukrainian crisis is the following:

"Ukraine must have a right to freely choose its political identity and forge closer ties with Europe. At the same time, Russia must be reassured that Ukraine will never become a NATO member," Brzezinski said, as quoted by Spiegel Online.

In other words, Ukraine needs to become Finland of sorts. Brzezinski's ideas echo those of Henry Kissinger. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post published in March 2014, the former secretary of state urged the West to understand Russia's concerns and its attachment to Ukraine.

"Ukraine should have the right to choose freely its economic and political associations, including with Europe," Kissinger stated, adding that Kiev should not join NATO and "should pursue a posture comparable to that of Finland."

Brzezinski defended the US decision to position more troops and heavy weaponry in the Eastern European states and the Baltics, saying it was a cycle of action and reaction. In his mind, the United States would provoke a war with Russia if Washington does not respond to Moscow's steps.

Russia has made its stance on the issue abundantly clear: the US and NATO's increased military presence close to Russia's borders and intensified war-games in Russia's neighborhood risk undermining stability and security in the whole region. Western saber-rattling runs counter to the bloc's promises and prompts Moscow to seek ways to improve its defense capabilities.

Many call mounting tensions between Russia and the West a new installment of the Cold War. Brzezinski thinks the second Cold War has long since started. But it will not last as long and is unlikely to turn hot, he told Spiegel Online.

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  • Mikhas
    Action and reaction yes, Russia have been reacting to western sabre rattling along it´s borders for 20 years now. Nobody was threatened by anyone until the US zio-cons decided to go for Russia.

    When Russia´s pipelines to Europe is re-directed the anglo-zionist western focus will shift elsewhere, possibly to stoke up tensions between Greece & Turkey if that is where the new pipeline will be drawn, and they will drop the ukraine
  • Alexei Morzakinin reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
    mikhas, Thats wrong. Europe has been reacting to the agressive behaviour of Russia, which invaded Crimea by breaking several international contracts. That we even admitted by President Putin. On the other hand, russia´s borders are also the borders of their neighbours. And in the same way the russia is not accepting that someone tells them what to do on their border, those neighouring countries claim their right to do what they want on their side of the border. T
  • bielec
    This does not mean anything. Ukraine may not formally become a member of NATO but a number of military assistance and coordinating modifications will practically have the same effect under a different name and structure. Also, a way can be found under which US and other Western military units will be based in Ukraine without its formal membership in NATO. Empty promise. BTW, the US has already broken its promise that NATO would not move one inch eastward, so there is no credibility in any similar promises.
  • teddy j
    nah --- while it is correct that brzezinski -FINALLY -- admits ukraine should never be NATO ..

    NEVER FORGET that this whole mess - and encirclement of russia in order to 'dismember it into smaller manageable pieces" --

    IS HIS DESIRE AND OBSESSION from his ''we have given russia (ussr) her very own vietnam">

    NEVER TRUST THIS BARBARIAN from poland who is envious of russia. and thinks russia ought to be 'poland property'.

    because THAT is what continues to operate as his BRZEZINSKI principle behind all of this.

    he is merely acknowledging things because of thE failure Of the attempts of HIS STUDENTS - including nuland and albright etc...to grab russia itself through the UKRAINE 'battering ram">
  • Mark Gewiss
    Some good sense from one of the last century's war horses.
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