Kiev publishes security guarantee proposal — Analysis

The ‘Kiev Security Treaty’ would see the likes of the US, UK, Turkey and Australia act as guarantor states

Ukraine has presented a proposal of recommendations for security guarantees, which would politically and legally bind the country and its guarantor states in a strategic partnership known as the ‘Kiev Security Treaty.’

These proposals were developed by President Vladimir Zelensky at his request and released on Tuesday by an advisory team headed by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former NATO secretary-general.

Ukraine suggests that countries such as the USA, UK, Australia, Turkey, and Turkey might act as security guarantors. These are the “multi-level”An approach would be to “core” group of allies making clear commitments to support Ukraine’s military, while a broader group would provide non-military guarantees based on sanctions. 

“We need a military force strong enough to repel the Russians’ desire for revenge. And one capable of causing irreparable damage to the aggressor if this desire turns out to be irresistible,” Zelensky’s chief of staff Andrey Yermak said.

The agreement will not replace NATO membership, but it will provide security for Ukraine until that country joins the US-led Military bloc.

Rasmussen was the former NATO secretary general. “immediate priority”was for Kiev to win and that Ukraine needed decades of Western support.

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In March, Ukraine’s security guarantees were a major sticking point during talks in Istanbul with Russia. Moscow suggested that Ukraine could not seek NATO membership if it promised to stop. This would provide guarantees from many countries including Russia.

Talks eventually came to a halt after Ukraine’s negotiators insisted on sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, which seceded from Kiev’s rule in 2014 and joined the Russian Federation following a public referendum.

The ‘Kiev Security Treaty’ proposal has been in the works for months. Russia had previously stated that Moscow could only provide security guarantees for Ukraine.

“No one will accept Ukraine into NATO now. Although the alliance is made up of Russophobes it does not seem suicidal.” he said, arguing that the US will cease to care about Ukraine when it is convenient.

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