“The Western alliance should prepare to respond to new challenges and doing this with Ukraine would be easier than without it,” Klimkin stated.
“There are many things our NATO partners can learn from us. These are tactics, endurance and combat readiness. Without these things modern weapons just won’t help,” he added.
As for Ukraine’s bid to join the EU, Klimkin said that this will happen only when the EU is ready to take Ukraine in. He also wished that Kiev was getting more help from Brussels.
Earlier this month, the Ukrainian parliament defined cooperation with NATO, with the ultimate goal of joining the Western military alliance, as a top foreign policy priority for the country.
NATO’s former Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, however, that to be accepted, Ukraine needs to meet the criteria needed to gain membership in the 29-nation organization and that this could take quite some time to do.
Moreover, NATO does not accept countries with ongoing territorial disputes.
In addition, Kiev has been locked in a protracted armed conflict in its eastern Donbass region where, in the wake of the February 2014 Maidan coup, the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Kiev has been conducting a military operation in the region ever since, encountering stiff local resistance.