On 12 October, 2016 the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a public lecture entitled 'Battle for Europe – the place of Ukraine in this fight' with the participation of Mr. Vadym Prystaiko, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine.

On 12 October, 2016 the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade organized a public lecture entitled 'Battle for Europe – the place of Ukraine in this fight' with the participation of Mr. Vadym Prystaiko, Deputy Foreign Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine.

 

In his lecture Mr. Prystaiko introduced the Ukrainian negotiation positions and interests in the framework of the Minsk peace process, as well as the relevant provisions’ stage of implementation. He also touched upon the security and economic situation of Ukraine.

 

The opening remarks of the event were delivered by Mr. Márton Schőberl, Director-General of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade who emphasized Ukraine’s specific role for Hungary in the framework of the Eastern Opening, and the close partnership, historical and economic ties between the two countries – with special regard to the Hungarian minority in Subcarpathia. Director-General Schőberl highlighted that Hungary is ready to assist Ukraine in its administrative and structural reforms – including its pursuit for decentralization – in order for the country to meet the requirements of the EU, and thus intensify the cross-boundary economic cooperation.

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Prystaiko presented the Ukrainian losses following the Russian annexation of Crimea  – among others the more than 2 million Ukrainian citizens, the military basis, the entire Ukrainian navy and the Crimean oil and gas fields  –, and the subsequent geopolitical and economic challenges. Following questions and remarks of László Póti, senior research fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Prystaiko addressed the migration from the Eastern Ukrainian territories, which was generated by the conflict and the power and potential, strategic situation, financial background, the logistics and supply of the fighting Russian units. He stated that more than 40 sessions of working group meetings of negotiation in the Minsk process have been completed so far and with its current suggestions for the political solution Ukraine is trying to achieve the withdrawal of the forces of both sides for opening up the political reconciliation phase, restoring territorial integrity and the rebuilding of the country.

 

In the second Q&As part of the event the audience had the opportunity to pose questions in the context of which the following topics were discussed: the development potential of Ukraine, the necessity of the IMF-loan, the possibility of a peace deal with the rebels in the Dombass region, the difficulty of the constructive promotion of the Minsk dialogue, the viability of international military and police missions, the reintegration of territories currently not under government control and the domestic support of the Ukrainian foreign policy.


Finally, Deputy Foreign Minister Prystaiko emphasized the importance of the political solution for ending the conflict and his country’s determination and commitment on the diplomatic level.