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06 September 2017, 16:15

A.Parubiy: Key task for today’s Europe

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

“The entire European Union must today join hands to be able to give an adequate holistiс response to the security challenge,” – Andriy Parubiy, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

In the course of his working visit to Poland, the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy took part in The “Europe of the Carpathians” Conference in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. Greeting the forum participants, the Parliament’s head underlined the European perspective was the crucial civilizational choice for Ukraine.

“The Revolution of Dignity was held under the blue and yellow flags of Ukraine and the European Union; the protesters went to barricades with them in hands facing their deaths unveiled,” he stated, having added that “for Ukraine, the European choice is a matter of philosophy, a concept-based course of our external policy”.    

According to the Chairman A.Parubiy, the today’s Ukraine as before “gives room to optimism through simultaneous defending not only the borders of Ukraine, but also the entire European expanse against the mightiest military force of the continent – the Russian Federation, the Russian Empire; and at the same time taking the risks of heavy reforming the entire life of the country – pretty difficult reforms, challenging, yet comprehensive”.

The Chair outlined the polar challenges before Europe, before the European Union. To his mind, the major one is security. “The modern world security does far beyond extend the limits of being just military by nature. Ukraine has well experienced the ways a state might suffer from the adverse impact – by all means, not only military,” he stressed, having added that without the security issue being solved it could scarcely be feasible to make any other decision.

It was his strong belief that Russian weaponry and troops would never enter Ukraine once the adequate response had then been jointly made in reply to the Georgian developments. At the same time, he was glad to notice that Europe had finally managed to be at one over the sanctions, “this is quite a positive sign”.

A.Parubiy shared his thinking about the need in creation of a comprehensive integrated security system encompassing the entire space of Europe. The key alliance capable in this context of doing this is NATO. It was reminded that the Ukrainian Parliament had approved at that spring a very important state priority regarding joining NATO.

According to the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, support of NATO in Ukraine attained a fourfold rise during the past three years; the vast majority of Ukrainians props up the thought of entering NATO presently.

He also expressed his view regarding a unified information stance of Europe as “this should be a proper response in terms of informational security, because the system war of information the Kremlin is waging against Ukraine, is also swinging at Europe with the aim to split it and cause crisis there”.

Regarding energy security, A.Parubiy underscored that “the Nord Stream 2 is just a powerful leverage over Ukraine used by the Russian Federation, a pressing tool to cleave Europe’s unity”.

Summing up the aforesaid, the Ukrainian Parliament’s leader reiterated that “security and a unified adequate holistic response to the current security challenge is the key aim for the whole European Union”.