What You Need To Know:
✔️ Mutual restraint between Russia & NATO on military exercises is a must;
✔️ There’s no military solution for the Ukrainian crisis;
✔ The West deserves to be blamed for not having a strong reaction to the Crimean annexation;
✔ Fixing the Crimean crisis is not doable now.
Amid growing distrust between Russia and NATO over the Ukrainian crisis, Europe faces one of the biggest security challenges in decades. Fixing the issue of damaged collective security will take years, but mutual restraint on military exercises should be a first step, Wolfgang Ischinger, the Munich Security Conference chairman warns.
‘Russia and NATO aren’t talking to each other enough & OSCE is helpless’, Ischinger says by pointing out that there’s no military solution for the Ukrainian crisis and all involved in the peace process should clearly understand that.
The West’s weak reaction to the Russian annexation of Crimea was a big mistake that made the crisis even worse, the chairman agrees. At the same time, he sees no quick solution for the problem and advises to concentrate on more pressing issues of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war: fixing the Crimean crisis is just ‘not doable now’ or in coming couple of years, Ischinger thinks.
Hromadske International’s Maxim Eristavi spoke to Wolfgang Ischinger, the Munich Security Conference chairman during the YES international conference in Kyiv on September 18th, 2015.