Hennadiy Kovalenko: Russia will only stop when it is forced to stop

21 February 2019, 17:13

Deputy of Bilateral Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations of Ukraine, Hennadiy Kovalenko, believes that deploying NATO subdivisions to the Baltics, Poland, and Romania isn’t enough to stop Russia. He spoke about this at the 7th Youth Kyiv Security Forum, organized by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.

"NATO deployed subdivisions to the Baltics, Poland, and Romania. This is right, this is useful, but to be frank, this won’t be enough. Why? Because Russia will only stop when it is forced to stop, not earlier", – emphasized Kovalenko.

He added that while Ukraine isn’t yet a member of NATO, one of its top priorities when it comes to security is cooperation with regional and subregional organizations such as the "Visegrád Four".


Youth Kyiv Security Forum is a platform for young experts to discuss relevant issues regarding international relations and Ukraine’s foreign policy. The goal of the forum is to strengthen the role of a new generation of experts and improve their ability to participate in the process of political analysis and development.

During this year's two-day Forum, representatives from every region of Ukraine, as well as young specialists from Georgia, Germany and Poland will discuss the current challenges faced by international organizations (EU, NATO, OSCE, UN, CE). As a result, the participants will present an alternative view on the activities of these organizations.