Poroshenko to visit U.S. and attend NATO summit in September
The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is facing complicated social political and economic developments in his country. The failure of the military settlement in Eastern Ukraine has to look for foreign support. In the long run his political career and business are on the spot.
First, he is invited to attend the NATO summit (to be held in September 4-5) which is called a NATO Ukraine summit by the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies. It is certain to focus on working out a procedure necessary to legitimize NATO ally status for Ukraine. In this regard Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic of the think tank tells about funds for Ukraine to support the Ukrainian command and control, military logistics and cyberdefense.
The concrete decisions have already been taken. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is constantly holding talks on military support for Kiev with Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey. On August 20, they discussed the status of ongoing deliveries of United States military assistance to Ukraine by phone: barbed wire helmets, sleeping bags and generators. There are also plans to create a united Ukrainian-Polish- Lithuanian brigade.
Moreover Poland desperately wants Ukraine to join The Visegrad Group (four Central European states - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) union to advance European military, economic and energy cooperation. Surely, Poland is striving for more influence on Ukraine.
Second, Poroshenko is planning to visit U.S. (September 18) to negotiate with Barack Obama, who's very concerned about the hostilities in Ukraine, its instability and the ongoing dialogue between EU, Russia (Trade Union) and Ukraine. The Ukrainian president is likely to get the implementary instructions, agree on funds, political and military support.
No matter results of the meetings are, the U.S. and NATO are playing hard in the European chessboard, providing Kiev with military equipment and involving it in the Alliance political military projects. One thing is clear enough - the very Europe while thinking about military settlement in Ukraine is certain to face a permanent hot spot.