The recent NATO Summit in Wales has brought clear political signals and military answers how the Alliance will respond to the current crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s assertive foreign policy. NATO’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and interference in eastern Ukraine is affirmation of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty on collective defence and practical steps to secure the defence of NATO member states’ territories. Ukraine’s membership in NATO and the EU is uncertain but several member states of NATO have promised civilian and military assistance to Ukraine. Our discussion will look for answers to several questions:
What are the results of the NATO Summit in Wales and what is their impact on the V4 countries?
What are the stances of individual V4 countries towards the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s assertive foreign policy?
Are the V4 countries able to find a common ground and carry out a common action to solve the ongoing crisis?
Will the individual position of the V4 countries jeopardise its unity and the international status of the Visegrad Group?
What steps must the region take to support the solidarity in NATO and the EU?