Dominik P. Jankowski is Head of the OSCE and Eastern Security Unit at the Security Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw. In his opinion, the situation in Ukraine can be described as alarming because of what he sees as an insidious annexation of the Donbass Region. He underlines that as long as security in the Donbass Region cannot be guaranteed by the Russian conflict party it will be impossible to implement the Minsk agreement. Therefore the revival of the Normandy Format would be mandatory to prevent the Donbass Region from splitting-off the Ukrainian territory and harming the European security structure. Jankowski does not see a direct threat of Russia towards Poland, but he thinks that the militarization of Russia’s foreign policy should be thoroughly observed in his home country.
Vadym Triukhan chairs the »European Movement Ukraine«, a non-governmental organization from Kiev which offers a platform for young people to exchange their visions for a European future of Ukraine. In Triukhan´s view the Minsk agreement is not feasible because the Russian side linked guarantees for the security of the Ukrainian borders to the implementation of elections in the Donbass-Region. In his opinion the international community needs to provide concrete mechanisms to establish a solid peace before it will be possible to negotiate political demands. On the long run, Triukhan sees Ukraine as a member state of the European Union, although he underlines that it will be the Ukrainian people deciding in which direction the country is heading. Asked about the ban of Russian social networks in Ukraine and whether this could be seen as counterproductive for democratization, Triukhan argues that this was a necessary decision due to Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. For Triukhan the ban protects the Ukrainian people from Russian propaganda.
»Friends, Foes or None of the Above? Russia and Europe in a New Age of Uncertainty«
The participants of the 165th Bergedorf Round Table in Saint Petersburg examined the trajectory of the relationship between Russia and Europe in light of the new geopolitical coordinates. How will it be affected by Washington’s stance on European security? Will it continue along a confrontational path, or will it take a different course? How will Russia and Europe adapt their respective policies? In which areas is cooperation still possible?