This will show Moscow that the United States is ready to defend the interests of countries whose territorial integrity is under threat, the ex-ministers say.
Two former senior members of the US government responsible for foreign policy and national security have called on the Obama administration to provide military and economic assistance to Ukraine as part of a “strategic approach” that will allow the United States to defend its interests in the region..
William Perry – Secretary of Defense in the Bill Clinton administration – and George Schultz – Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan – set out their positions in a joint article published in the Wall Street Journal.
Today, these former statesmen are senior research fellows at Stanford University in California..
Former officials have sharply criticized Russia’s recent decision to send a humanitarian convoy to eastern Ukraine, claiming that by such actions Russia violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine and departs from the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in accordance with which Moscow agreed to respect it..
“This situation requires attention and action,” write Perry and Schultz. – There is no need to send American troops to Ukraine, since this country has its own significant ground forces. However, we – NATO or the United States, if NATO does not want to do this – must help the Ukrainians with training personnel and equipment that can increase the effectiveness of their troops and allow them to defend their country. “.
“By our actions, we will help Ukraine and will also make it clear to Russia that we will protect our interests and the interests of countries whose territorial integrity is under threat,” the former ministers point out..
Perry and Schultz also believe that the United States should provide guarantees to the Baltic states by deploying troops in these countries on a rotational basis..
U.S. military aid a matter of survival in Ukraine
“We believe that there should be an independent Ukraine with inviolable territorial integrity,” they write. “Helping Ukraine become a viable rule-of-law state with a thriving economy will be a difficult but extremely important task. This will be the best rebuff from Russia, and in the long term – the best incentive for the development of similar events in Russia “.
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