FOREIGN AFFAIRS – UKRAINE – 18 March 2014

[Sir Edward Leigh:  We must stop playing power games. It is too dangerous a situation, and the west must realise that it cannot tear Ukraine away from Russia. We must stop these games of Ukraine ever joining NATO – thank God Ukraine is not in NATO because we would be involved in a war. We must stop these games.]

Dr Julian Lewis: My hon. Friend said yesterday in Defence Questions what a different position we would be in had we let Ukraine become part of NATO. We must realise and impress on Russia that membership of NATO involves the criterion that an attack on one is an attack on all. If we are not prepared to protect a country in that way, we must not give it bogus guarantees.

[Sir Edward Leigh: Absolutely ... An attack on one NATO country is an attack on all of them. Poland is a completely different state of affairs from Ukraine.]