Ukraine Has Forever Changed Europe’s Balance of Power

NationalInterest Ukraine Forever Changed Europes Balance Of Power

Ukraine is paying the price for its defiance of Moscow. Encouraged by the West since the 2008 Orange Revolution, Kyiv pursued engagement with the European Union and NATO. For more than a decade, it refused to negotiate neutrality or a closer relationship with Moscow. Despite repeated Russian threats and “redlines,” Kyiv stood up to Vladimir Putin. That resistance ultimately resulted in the loss of Crimea; a civil war fomented by Moscow in Donbass; and now, finally, open war with Russia. Western democracies encouraged Ukraine to take this Quixotic approach, even as they made clear that Ukraine had no near-term chance of joining NATO. The bottom line is that the Ukrainians were left to fend for themselves. Despite that, it is possible that Ukraine, with NATO-supplied equipment, will now pull off the impossible: slowing Russia’s invasion into a military stalemate.

The terms under which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russia might end hostilities will be mainly up to the warring partners. Following the Russian invasion, Ukraine did back off its position on neutrality. Notwithstanding Ukraine’s constitution calling for NATO membership, Zelenskyy raised Ukraine’s alignment as an issue for possible negotiation just three days after the Russians attacked.

More News & Insights

Building The Base Podcast Title Card 313w

Building the Base episode 6: Dr. David Bray

Technologist and data expert Dr. David Bray is a leader with the World Economic Forum and a scholar with civil service experience. Bray served as an adviser to the Department…

Hondo Podcast Defense Aerospace Report Img

Hondo Geurts on the Defense & Aerospace Daily Podcast

BENS Distinguished Fellow James “Hondo” Geurts visited the Defense & Aerospace Daily Podcast to discuss his op-ed co-authored with General Joseph Votel: Forging the Industrial Network the Nation Needs. Listen…

1Independence Day 2022 LinkedIn

Happy Independence Day from BENS

On this most American of holidays, we celebrate the birth of the greatest country on earth. The Declaration of Independence was an audacious statement in 1776, issued and adopted by…

Receive BENS news and insights in your inbox.