NATO or Neutrality. How to Talk with Russia?

Briefly about the main messages in the Russia-Ukraine talks and NATO assistance

Negotiations usually seek a compromise. This includes concessions from both sides. But in our case, we hear nothing but concessions exclusively from Ukraine. That is, Ukraine must denazify, demilitarise, recognize Crimea and Donbas, change the Constitution and become neutral. And what does Russia owe us?

Ukraine has also paid with the lives of thousands of its citizens. Does anyone have the right to demand any other concessions from Ukraine?

Mykola Sunhurovskyi

Director, Military Programmes

Born in 1951 in Moscow.


Orenburg Higher Military Air Defence Forces School (1972);

Kyiv Air Defence Forces Academy (1982);

Higher School of Entrepreneurship, Kyiv Institute of National Economy (1991).

Ph. D. in Technical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, the author of more than 90 publications.

Colonel (Ret.) with 31 years of military service, half of that term — at research institutions. Research profile — systems analysis, strategic planning, analysis methods, national security.


Most recent position in state bodies — Department Chief at the Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff;

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre Programme Co-ordinator;

Since February 2000 — Freelance Consultant to the National Security and Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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