Nonetheless, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) are prone to proceed to assist Ukraine whatever the US, stated Prof Lucas, including that Russia’s invasion has “revitalised the alliance”.
“There’s (now) a way of function injected into NATO … not solely by way of army assist, however the financial assist given within the sense of what must be completed for a extra built-in Europe. Most European international locations, and the Canadians, will stay steadfast in supporting Ukraine,” he stated.
SHOULD UKRAINE GIVE UP LAND FOR PEACE?
Mr Barros that it isn’t a viable answer to count on Ukraine to surrender a few of its territory in peace negotiations. He pointed to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, saying Moscow then used the area as a staging floor to launch its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February final yr.
He stated allowing Russia to maintain any territory will permit Moscow to recuperate and reorganise one other invasion at a later date, basically historical past repeating itself.
“Putin’s maximalist calls for haven’t modified. He or certainly one of his successors, who will nonetheless seemingly search to basically destroy Ukraine and produce it into the Russian fold, will proceed the army marketing campaign at a future date of Russia’s time and place of selecting,” he stated.
“One of the best likelihood for any form of long run strong lasting peace on NATO’s jap flank is the Ukrainians eradicating the flexibility for Russia to make use of Ukrainian territory as a springboard to seize all of Ukraine.”