Victor Mironenko: Ukraine is undergoing a radical renewal of the political class

Victor Mironenko: Ukraine is undergoing a radical renewal of the political class

 

Exclusive interview of the Victor Mironenko, the Chief of the centre of Ukrainian researchers of the Institute of Europe of RAS

In Your opinion, how can new staff appointments in the EU affect its Eastern policy?

I do not think that the change of persons in the EU could somehow affect the Union’s policy towards Ukraine. In order for this to happen, there must be a change in EU self-perception. Not a goal, but a movement. Not a static form, but a model. Denying membership to Ukraine, the EU is destroying the foundations of its development and even, perhaps, existence.

What corrections of Ukraine’s foreign policy should be expected after the parliamentary elections?

Ukraine is undergoing a radical renewal of the political class. I believe that in the internal and external policies with the arrival of new young, modernly educated and thinking people, there will be more realism. Ukraine will stop waiting and will go its own way. What it will be, is already quite clearly visible.

Is real cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union and NATO-CSTO possible today?

The second of the mentioned cooperation (NATO - CSTO) is impossible, it will require a change of political generations in Russia, about the same as now in Ukraine. The first is quite possible. But for this, the EU must learn to take Russia's concerns seriously, and Eurasian Economic Union should be aware of the difference in potentials.

 

17.07.2019

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