Recognition of Russia as an aggressor is statement of the fact that Ukraine fell victim to external aggressive actions, however it does not automatically mean belligerency. This opinion was expressed to the GORDON by the Scientific Director of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Alexander Sushko.
"Recognition of Russia as an aggressor is of great importance mainly in terms of foreign policy. Ukraine demands recognition of Russian aggression at different international venues. But Ukraine itself has not officially made any such decisions. Therefore, in this case as well as in case of recognizing DNR and LNR as terrorist organizations, Ukraine must decide for itself before demanding anything from international communities and other states. In order to support these demands with actions, the Ukrainian parliament will adopt this decision," he reported.
According to Sushko, reaction of Russia to this decision is unpredictable.
"It is clear that no one will declare war to Russia because there is no chance to win this war. I think that Russia’s reaction to this decision will be the same as to all the rest. As a matter of fact, nothing will change on Russia’s side," the expert stated.