NATO must assist Ukraine – Asah-Asante

The Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr Kwame Asah-Asante, has asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to assist Ukraine following the conflict with Russia.

NATO constitutes a system of collective security, whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

Speaking on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday February 26, in relation to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, Dr Asah-Asante said Russia has positioned itself in such a way that it can survive sanctions imposed on it by organizations.

“If NATO is able to sit and brainstorms over the issue, they should be able to find a lasting solution. They need to trigger the Article 4, that yes, even though this country is not part of NATO but because you are closed to other NATO groups, whatever affects you can equally affect affect them, so you will need to now have a consensus. Once they get that consensus then they begin to provide the necessary assistance that they need to deal with that.

“It is a difficult one because you don’t know which of the strategies to use. It calls for refection, it calls for NATO sitting down to assess the situation and then do something miraculously to assist Ukraine.”

For his part, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the United Nations may collapse just as how the League of Nations went down if immediate reforms are not taken to strengthen the organization.

In his view, the UN is becoming impotent in resolving conflicts in countries.

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Speaking on the same programme in relation to the Russia-Ukraine conflicts, he called for drastic reforms to be undertaken to ensure that the body does not fall.

The Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs explained that out of all the countries on the UN Security Council, it was only Russia that rejected the resolution for a ceasefire in Ukraine while the UN watched on without sending any message to Russia.

“Honestly, the time has come for us to re-echo the position that we have always taken as a country, so far as our foreign policy imperatives are concerned, that the United Nations needs urgent reforms.

“How does the UN look when yesterday, such a major resolution seeking to end hostilities, seeking to cause a cease fire in Ukraine, majority of countries at the Security Council, you have a situation where only one country Russia which ironically is chairing the Security Council for this month, the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, raises his hand and veto the decision,” he said.

He added “So, it didn’t matter what the majority of countries at the UN Security Council wanted. Just because Russia is a member of G5 , their decision did not matter.

“So we have been calling for reforms. The United Nations is becoming impotent, it is becoming moribund and if care is not taken the United Nations will become like its predecessor organization, the League of Nations which collapsed.

“We do not want the United Nations to collapse like the League of Nations. The only way to avoid that is to have reforms.”

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By Laud Nartey||Ghana


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