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13 June 2018, 17:33

Chairperson A.Parubiy speaks at British parliament

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

“Of utter significance for Ukraine is there today solidarity of the whole Euro-Atlantic space, including Great Britain’s uplift,” – from the Chairman’s speech at the British Parliament

The today’s topic of our conversation is Ukraine and its global choice. I am deeply convinced that it is impossible to understand the events that are happening today in Ukraine without a globalized analysis of the processes in the world.

Regrettably, there are many who say about the conflict in Ukraine as if about a bi-national conflict between Ukraine and Russia only.  People, who say that are just way-out on these seemingly ‘dual doings’. In truth, through having attacked Ukraine, Putin has challenged the entire civilized world, challenged the entire security system, which has been the mainstay of the continental stability since the Second World War, bearing a clear yet malicious intent-plan in his mind.

Years ago, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin described the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century. This utterance of him delivers plenty of answers. He is seemingly consumed with a delusional belief of restoring the Kremlin’s grip over the post-USSR geopolitical area, where Ukraine plays first fiddle as a potential prey, first but not the only.

This is very well understood by our regional neighbours - the Baltic States and Poland.  They frankly say to us: "If Ukraine does not stand, we shall follow". This is also well understood by our neighbours from the south - Moldova and Georgia, whose lands have, too, been partially occupied by Russian troops. And we all do remember the attack and aggression of the Russian soldiery against an independent Georgia in 2008.

I am sure that if the then reaction of the world had been more rigid, united and targeted, we could have avoided the following aggressive actions. To comprehend Putin's cast of mind, one should understand that he, Putin, recognizes the language of force only. The language of diplomacy and the language of negotiations he does perceive as weakness and as an invitation to even more aggressive actions.

So, my first thesis and my first conviction are that Putin's menace is a global threat. And it is very important that the Ukrainian guys at the front line feel there the whole free world’s solidarity. It is very important to know that we are not alone. It is essential that Putin's global threats are better and better understood by the world community with every year.

Russian meddling in the 2016 United States elections, in the German elections, cyber-attacks against France, a nerve-agent attack in the territory of the United Kingdom, all these are elements of the global aggression that Putin runs against the entire civilized world. His purpose is to engineer a conflict between the US and Europe, within Europe, a steady ebbing of the Euro-Atlantic area in order to regain the influence upon the geopolitical space the Soviet Union once had.

It is worth apprehending the areas in which this aggression goes on.  I would distinguish an energy sector, an economic aggression, informational attacks, humanitarian attacks, cyber-attacks.

Why Ukraine stands so firm against the Nord Stream 2?  Because we are sure this is not an economic project, it is a purely political project, as one of the mechanisms of influence upon Europe, as one of the mechanisms of destabilization of Europe. By our analysts, presence of the Ukraine’s gas transportation system was one of the deterrent factors for Putin's army against a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

Implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project is also a matter of security and is capable of elevating the risk of repeated hostilities by Putin's army on the territory of Ukraine.  Therefore, we firmly stand in the position that this project ought to be banned.  And it is quite weighty that this position is taken up by all the countries of our region neighbouring Russia.

We have recently sent a joint letter signed by chairmen of the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Moldovan parliaments, calling on the parliaments of Europe to do their utmost to stop this gravy project. We do count on the support of the United Kingdom on the issue, as this position is one of the fronts for protection of our energy security.

Like us, you have also felt the depth of the information attacks carried out by the Russian Federation, when the media, instead of being on the side of freedom of speech, become instruments of belligerent propaganda, actual elements of an informational war in a global dimension, such as Russia Today.

It was important for me as for the head of the Ukrainian parliament to find out that there had been established a task group on countering hybrid threats and misinformation from Russia at the Parliament of the United Kingdom. That is why I have proposed to create a joint Ukraine-UK inter-parliamentary group, and, perhaps - a Baltic States-Ukraine-Georgia-Moldova and Great Britain one, in order to develop a common policy against this threat.  The same applies to cyber security, which appears to be a global threat to all countries.

The studies covering even US elections give reason to believe that no country is properly protected, that the highest manifestation of democracy - elections - can be called into question when the Russian Federation seeks to discredit and influence the elections.  I am sure we ought to give a joint answer to this challenge.

My major task is to make it clear that only a global response can be effective against Putin's regime, whereas his, Putin’s, key object is to break our unity at the earliest possible date. That’s why it is so significant for Ukraine to feel solidarity of the entire Euro-Atlantic area and UK’s support as well.

At this stage, the issue of the liberation of Ukrainian political prisoners is given a particular weight by us.  This is a call to the whole world to unite over one issue - the liberation of the Ukrainian political prisoners.

A few words I would like to say about the internal situation in Ukraine.

We do understand this is a civilizational confrontation, and it is not enough to have a high-quality army. It is essential to build another country, a country with European values, a country of dignity and freedom - a mere antipode to authoritarianism and totalitarianism, which is under construction in the Russian Federation. Therefore, the path to reforms is very important for Ukraine. Difficult one. Many of our neighbours went through that path in the 1990s, and they do remember what kind of difficult journey it was.  But we must carry on reforms at the time when we are repulsing the Russian aggression, when up to 6% of our GDP Ukraine is forced to assign for security and defense.

In the last nine months alone, the Ukrainian Parliament has adopted a large-scale educational reform, a revolutionary medical reform, a sophisticated pension reform, which we have long co-ordinated with the IMF, and, of course, creation of the Supreme Anticorruption Court.  Establishment of the court is actually about to complete the construction of the anti-corruption infrastructure that we have been building for four years since EuroMaidan.

Ukraine is well aware of its responsibility, and we are on the path of reforms, but we also count on global solidarity and, of course, on the partnership with the United Kingdom.

It is my deeply held belief that together we can meet the challenge, which the world has faced today.