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Ukraine's Security Blanket is within NATO

The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. Russian troops continue to sit and to carryout exercises along the Ukraine border. To safeguard Ukraine from further Russian incursions, Ukraine must seek immediate  NATO membership or at least, declare a desire for full membership within NATO. Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk must reverse his declaration of March 18, this year, that NATO membership is not on Ukraine's agenda. Yatseniuk's March 18 statement, obviously meant to appease Russia, has not worked. Russia continues to menace Ukraine, and Putin's pro-Russian cronies in eastern Ukraine continue to create much instability. Putin fears NATO. Economic sanctions on Russia for actions within Ukraine are not draconian enough to return Putin's forces to barracks. Moscow has already claimed that it has enough staying power to ward off the effects of any western sanctions. In other words, with Russia about to enter a mega energy deal with China, Putin has sufficed that, with Xi Jinping of China in his camp, Russia could survive any economic sanctions imposed by the west. Both China and Russia have had similar voting patterns at the United Nations. If there isn't a marriage between the two, then pigs can fly. However, I again submit, that Putin fears NATO. And if the Ukraine Prime Minister could finally declare that his country seeks full NATO membership, it should be sufficient under international conventions, for NATO to come to Ukraine's  defense against Putin. Anything short of such a declaration by Ukraine would create a gray area for further confusion under which Russia could do as it pleases. No longer can Ukraine refrain from the inevitable in attempting to appease Putin. Prior attempts have not worked. Nothing short of a full declaration for NATO membership would work to bring stability to Ukraine, and to those western-freedom seekers who dwelt on the Maidan for weeks on end.