An exclusive interview of Mr Yevhen Mahda, Institute of World Policy (Kyiv)
What are Kyiv’s expectations from upcoming December London NATO summit?
Alliance anniversary summit, of course, attracts increased attention. I doubt that during summit there will be a major breakthrough in relations between Ukraine and NATO in the form of Membership Action Plan, traditional political declarations are to be expected. I think that more clarity can be gained during the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Kyiv at the end of October 2019.
Is the format of EU cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries successful?
There is probably no definite answer to this question. On the one hand, the Eastern Partnership provides an opportunity for the European Union to build relations with a group of post-Soviet states; on the other hand, within the Eastern Partnership countries there are different approaches to the issue of EU integration. Born 10 years ago at the initiative of Poland and Sweden, the Eastern Partnership format may not live up to all expectations, but the situation in the world has seriously changed over this period.
What is the main result in 2019 in the development of relations between Ukraine, the EU and NATO as You see it?
Perhaps the main result is the enshrining in the Constitution of Ukraine of the course for joining NATO and the EU, which took place on the eve of the presidential election. The development of events shows that this step was not superfluous; it constrains the current leadership of Ukraine from short-sighted steps.