No Guarantees and No NATO. What are Ukraine’s Risks after the Istanbul Talks?

One can hardly call “negotiations” the process that we saw in Istanbul — it was rather an attempt to start talks between the semi-losers and the semi-winners

Why do I call Ukraine a semi-loser? Unfortunately, the negotiators themselves put it that way. It is about some kind of compromise, by which I mean possible concessions on both sides. So far, Ukrainian negotiators are talking about concessions only from Ukraine. I did not hear about any concessions from Russia.

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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