What happened at the conference with Ukrainian president Porošenko in Rome 22/11/15


Ukrainian President Petro Porošenko held a conference at “Centro Studi Americani” in Rome, last 11/19, to reassess its position towards Europe pivotal role in leading any counter-attack against ISIS in Syria.

Nothing has been declared in the lights of Russian newly declared Embargo on Ukrainian goods and imports, which supposedly will take place from January 2016 and whose $140-205 million loss for the Ukrainian party were estimated.

“We are nowadays more aware that terrorism could strike anywhere, anytime” stated the president. Media have contributed recently in blowing the possibility of a terrorist attack out of all proportion, whereas one must keep it on the safe side, we cannot let ourselves surrender to fear

“I wanna see France, Italy, Europe: a single antiterrorist coalition”. A strong declaration that came right after the meeting with the French Ambassador in Rome the same day, however Ukrainian president did not release any declaration on the record to stamp terrorism away, and during the Q&A he declared Ukraine is not involved by any means in the war operations, that were led by Russian Federation, in Middle-East those days.

Ukraine’s president said what most countries “fear to admit and rather sweep under the carpet” that is to say hinting at the Russian attack in Syria as paradoxical and useless, for they have not targeted any ISIS or DAESH sensitive objective, but rather bombed the area supposedly belonging to Assad’s regime.

Nevertheless, the war of words between Ukraine President and the Russian aggressive policy continues.

“We are not afraid [of terrorism] — Every single week, in Ukraine, there is a terrorist attack from Russian extremists” continued Porošenko, particularly concerned with specifying the illegality of these aggression. According to the Ukrainian government, precisely 8000 people were killed these year during these “barbarian acts”, and 6000 of them were civilian.

When people ask me what is the most necessary thing they should supply in order to help Ukraine, only one answer comes to mind — not money, not military resources, but unity” claimed, clearing away any doubt regarding the need to prove EU’s strength against a peril that comes in all sizes. Thus stressing once again the urgency to nip violence in the bud “ Now, united, and fearless.”

European solidarity could mean not only a stronger effectiveness in tackling security issues, but also represent the best counterstrike possible against ISIS and any other terrorist attack.

On the other hand, proving European weakness would be the apotheosis of terrorism’s win over all the sacred values Europe was created upon.

Words like justice and democracy would be simply swept off one demonstration of violence after the other. Nothing new under the sun, except a Ukrainian president with clearly sees eye-to-eye with Luxembourg headquarters.

What is Ukrainian position towards the NATO?

Porošenko seems to be paving the way for Ukraine joining in the NATO, meeting requirements of both social and democratic kind.

Before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict had exploded, only 60% of Ukrainian people were in favour of joining the NATO. Now 2.pothe percentage, declared Mr. Porošenko, has grown by a 9%, thus implies that Ukrainian citizens truly believe in the effectiveness and importance of this organisation. On those line, Porošenko’s government is showing the commitment and the efforts that are being made to meet the requirements and ratify the NATO agreement as soon as possible.

“When the Russian Federation in the 1980s had attacked the Region of Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and later in 2010s Georgia, the Ukraine had always found herself alone, surrounded by Russian military forces from Afghanistan to Chechnya”

It seems clear that Ukraine does not want to be alone anymore, and that adds up with Russian aggressive policy. Nor that it could resist any considerable attack for too long.

The recent attacks in Paris must be the last wake-up call for Europe, concluded Mr. Porošenko, to intervene against those threats to democracy. As long as what happened in Kenya, Lebanon, and the violence on day-to-day basis which tears to shreds Syria should have been long before.

“But our claims of unfairness or vengeance never transcends our own desires, or fear. We’re all for fair play, but just so long as it helps us. Fairness is always asymmetrical.” (Frans de Waal)


A cura di Arianna Lombari

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