NATO, Russia, Ukraine: The Public's View
On June 18, 2015 The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Warsaw hosted a discussion panel entitled ‘NATO, Russia, Ukraine: the Public’s View’.
The event featured speakers and participants from think tanks, government and research centers who focused on the results of the recent Pew Research Center survey in eight NATO countries, Ukraine and Russia. Panelists assessed public attitudes toward developments in Ukraine and East-West relations, views of Russia, Putin, sentiment within Ukraine about current conditions, governance and the future of the country, and attitudes in NATO countries concerning member states’ roles in the Ukrainian situation.
Discussants also examined the differences in publics’ support for military intervention enshrined in Article 5 of the NATO Treaty in the case of a conflict with Russia. The majority of survey respondents noted wavering support for upholding Article 5 in the event of an attack on a member state. Furthermore, panelists concentrated on the role of Germany in strengthening cohesion between EU member states and the importance of U.S. military bases for Eastern European states. The discussion also focused on the political situation in Ukraine, which has prevented Western partners from assisting Ukraine with implementing essential reforms or providing the necessary arms to protect its Eastern borders.