Ukraine crisis can be resolved only by force, says Ukrainian politician at PAUCI conference (+video)
Speaking at a Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI) conference, the deputy chairman of the Ukrainian parliament said that the crisis in Ukraine can be resolved only by military means.
“I am absolutely convinced that only by force we can defeat Putin and we can stop this radical idea to create this ‘Russian peace’,” said Andriy Parubiy, a former Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.
Purubiy made the remarks at “Transatlantic Сommunity versus Eurasia – Arising Challenges and New Opportunities,” which was held in Warsaw December 15. PASOS was a partner in the event.
“When we are talking about the perspectives of the European Partnership, and the enlargement of the European Union, we have to be aware that without a common answer to that challenge, we won’t be able to discuss the future development of the democratic process, without stopping Vladimir Putin,” Purubiy told the gathering of politicians, officials, and experts from European Union and Eastern Partnership countries.
“It will be difficult to still think that nations have the right to independently decide about their own future because the Russian tanks will be there in the shadows,” Purubiy said. “It will be very difficult to talk about our common future if we don’t together do everything we can to stop Putin.”
Parubiy’s full speech can be seen below is a video playlist of the conference.
The conference focused on new issues confronting European security, and analyzing them in the context of transatlantic and global dimensions. Panel discussions featuring experts from Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Poland, and the United States were held.
Among the panelists were Marieluise Beck, a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the German parliament; Paweł Kowal, who represented Poland in the European Parliament, and was also a Chairman of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in the European Parliament; Giorgi Bokeria, a member of the Georgian parliament; and Borys Tarasyuk, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and is now a member of the Ukrainian parliament. Their presentations and ensuing question-and-answer sessions can also be seen in the videos below.
PASOS Executive Director Jeff Lovitt moderated a panel on “Evaluation of EU and U.S. response to the crisis and dynamics of Russia-West relations.”
Jacek Kucharczyk, of PASOS member the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), moderated a panel on “Short and long term prospects of developments in Eastern Partnership region and its relations with EU and U.S.”
Ghia Nodia of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, a PASOS member in Georgia, was on a panel discussing “Developments in Eastern Partnership region in 2013/2014 with a special attention to the situation in Ukraine after Euromaidan”.
PAUCI Director Jan Pieklo gave the closing remarks. He delivered a stinging indictment of the Putin regime.
“Let’s be frank,” he said. “This is Russia, Putin’s land. Putin’s land is governed by a gangster corporation and the local Al Capone is called Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”
The forum was held under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Stiftung, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Foundation for the Polish-German Cooperation, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, PASOS, and the European Academy of Diplomacy.