Its time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than 4 months, and there is no sign of it ending any time soon. With G7 nations, and NATO member countries vowing to continue support for Ukraine, what role will South Korea have?
And with lawmakers from Ukraine supposedly visiting South Korea this week, all eyes are on how South Korea will assist the war-torn country moving forward.
To get an experts insight on the issues, we connect with Rafael Cohen, Director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program at RAND Project AIR FORCE. Good morning to you.
First off, the proposed visit by Ukrainian lawmakers to South Korea this week, what does this signal? Or is this merely a reciprocal visit, after lawmakers of South Koreas ruling People Power Party visited Kyiv last month?
South Korea has been hesitant about supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons, as opposed to the non-lethal military supplies its been providing them with. Do you think its time South Korea does in fact supply lethal weapons, and if they do, how do you think Russia will respond?
One of the effects of the Ukraine war is countries wanting to join NATO. Turkiye has lifted its objection to Finland and Sweden joining the alliance. Do you think Russia was blindsided by this decision, and how will this affect Russias next moves?
Speaking of NATO, Ukraine has long shown willingness to join the military bloc. In your opinion, how likely is this to happen, considering Russias continuous threats of a response if membership does go through?
Thank you for your insights. Looking forward to speaking to you again.