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Second Inter-Parliamentary Conference

09 June 2018, 12:29

Panel One: "Countering the New Security Challenges"

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

Panel One: "Countering the New Security Challenges"  

Rapporteurs:

H.E. Andriy PARUBIY, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

H.E. Irakli KOBAKHIDZE, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia

H.E. Andrian CANDU, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova

Mr. Ryszard TERLECKI, Deputy Marshal of the Sejm, Republic of Poland

Dr. Michael CARPENTER, Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Future Europe Initiative and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Ms. Ana GOMES, Member of the European Parliament (Portugal), Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance  

Moderated by: H.E. Pat COX, President of the European Parliament (2002-2004)

Pat Cox

In his opening address, Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament (2002-2004), the panel’s moderator, remarked upon that all the three countries – Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine – suffered from Russia’s aggression. "There are frozen conflicts, there are localized conflicts.  If you take the Minsk process, there is the Donbas, the annexation of the Crimea.  So, this is a question of black art, of propaganda and manipulation. All of this is there, and it leads to security problems. There are attempts to undermine the democratic process and its foundations. In addition, there are problems with mass displacement and immigration.  We also see the problems of extremism and radicalization reshaping a society itself as well as the outside of the society.

The traditional confines between internal and external security have already been erased. Hence, the way it has been seen earlier seems unfitting for today, because the process is in continual motion. This is to bring other tools for shaping diplomacy, relations between countries, as the existing borders and delimitations seem to be erasable. And we ought to learn from each other," said Pat Cox.

Andriy Parubiy

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy spoke before the panel audience.

"When we talk about security in the today's world, we mean a much wider dimension than just a military security, we should think much broader than we used to do when scrutinizing the word "security".  This is actually a global confrontation," he stressed.

“Current developments in eastern Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are not just a confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, or Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova against the Russian aggression.  This is a watershed divide between two worlds - the world of democracy, dignity and freedom, and the world of authoritarianism and totalitarianism, which today’s Russia of Putin embodies. Therefore, any little step we take towards transformation of our countries into democratic countries, into civilized countries, into European countries might be thought to be pertaining to the realm of security" remarked A.Parubiy.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine informed the panel participants of signing the Law of Ukraine "On Supreme Anticorruption Court", which would immediately be tabled up to the President of Ukraine.

He also pointed out that another method of Russia’s aggression, another way of blackmailing the entire civilized world, was the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He expressed his deep regret that European politicians did not realise the problem.

"However, this is well-understood by us, by our states, who have already felt the energy blackmailing of Russia.  We are clear on realizing this issue is not of just economy, the Nord Stream 2 project is far beyond, it is purely a political aggressive project of Russia", he then emphasized.

In his speech, the Chairman highlighted that the issue of military security remained to be among the most important for Ukraine. In this respect, he then said the next plenary week’s agenda of the Verkhovna Rada would see the law of Ukraine on national security and defence, which seemed to be quite a large scale and holistic instrument in its coverage.

Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Andrian Candu, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova,  Ryszard Terlecki, Deputy Marshal of the Sejm, Republic of Poland, Dr. Michael Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Future Europe Initiative and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council, Ana Gomes, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance, also delivered their panel reports.