Europe changes its viewpoint on the Ukraine conflict

Minsk agreements mark the fifth anniversary this February. RISS expert Oleg Nemensky drew attention to the document "Twelve Steps Toward Greater Security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Region", presented at the recent Munich Security Conference. "It was signed by 45 authoritative experts, former politicians, and military figures, including W. Ishinger, Chairman of the Munich Conference. This important initiative shows that Europe is ready to change its viewpoint on the Ukrainian conflict," he said.

This document has already provoked a tough reaction from the USA and Ukraine. "Twelve Steps..." includes essential proposals that are needed to be taken as soon as possible, as the implementation of the Minsk agreements is excessively delayed. Nemensky pointed out that Kiev intended to delay implementing of the Minsk agreements for a Ukrainian settlement. According to him, some of its proposals were extremely undesirable for Ukraine. For instance, the 12th step is generally unacceptable, as Kiev is not going to cease fire. The creation of an international mechanism for the restoration of Donbass' economy is totally unacceptable for the Ukrainian leadership. Launching full-fledged dialogue between the European Union and Russia is also undesirable for Kiev, as it means lifting of anti-Russian sanctions.

The 12th step involves launching an internal national dialogue in Ukraine on issues of identity and historical memory. Kiev is required to protect the rights of minorities. However, the current Ukrainian state policy is based on blocking internal dialogue, historical interpretations, and language and opinion of the nationalist part of society, RISS expert underscores. Nemensky welcomes "Twelve Steps Toward Greater Security in Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic Region". "Apparently, the EU is ready to move away from its absurd expectations of the 'end of Russia', which were dominating the European expert opinions for the last few years," he concluded.

Europe Ukraine