After Russia’s conflict with Georgia, Ukraine has said it is ready to make its missile early warning systems available to European nations. The country’s foreign ministry said thanks to Moscow’s abrogation, earlier this year, of an accord involving two tracking stations, Ukraine is allowed to co-operate with others.
Ukraine could ensure its sovereignty only through collective security, said Viktor Yushchenko (photo), the country’s president.
The freedom of movement of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has been limited by Kiev last week. It happened after several of the fleet’s warships, based at Sevastopol, in Ukraine’s Crimea’s peninsula, were deployed along the Georgian coastline.
The restrictions have been denounced as anti-Russian by Moscow, who said its military commanders would answer only to the Russian president.
As Ukraine is no longer party to the 1992 agreement with Russia on the use of its radar stations, it could now “launch active co-operation with European nations”, said the foreign ministry in a statement.
It also said that “the integration of Ukrainian elements of missile early warning and space control systems with those of foreign countries that are interested in gathering space data” might be included.
A decree, issued by president Yushchenko, put an end to the country’s participation in the accord in view of Russia’s abrogation of it.
Saying that the situation was unprecedented, he showed that Ukraine’s national sovereignty could only be ensure through collective security.
He added only that “could prevent any actions like those which occurred on 7-8 August at first in South Ossetia, and then in other regions of Georgia“.
The decision is evidence that Ukraine is now more desperate to embrace the West as its fear of Russia intensifies and Moscow seemingly becomes more determined to prevent any neighbouring states from joining Nato, says BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins.
Nato is clearly seen as America’s sphere of influence by Russia, despite George W Bush’s insistence that it is a purely defensive alliance of sovereign democracies, adds BBC’s correspondent.
According to him, the events of the past 10 days increasingly demonstrate Russia has gone back to arm-wrestling with its neighbours and the West after the immediate post-Soviet years, when it felt too weak.