Jonathan Eyal: Situation in Eastern Europe is Important for Keeping Security in the Whole of Europe
Chisinau, March 2, 2018 – Experts believe that it is necessary to consolidate defense capacities and fortify security dimension in the region. Experts and officials from the EU and USA discussed this at the High-Level Interparliamentary Conference “Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Eastern Partnership and Current Security Challenges”, held in Chisinau today.
Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), declared that nobody has claims against Russia. The claims are against Russia’s division of spheres of influence in the region. “What happens in Eastern Europe is important for keeping security in the whole of Europe”. Today’s event is the beginning of European security consolidation process”, concluded the expert.
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow talked about the risks related to the Russian arsenal in the region. He opted for continuation of defense reforms in the Black Sea area and consolidation of the three countries’ defense capacities.
The former Georgian Defense Minister, Tinatin Khidasheli, believes that the progress in overcoming security challenges in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine is not possible without strong political will of the authorities.
On the other hand, member of Ukrainian Parliament, Iryna Friz, stated that the conflicts from the region could be settled only if Russia withdrew its military troops from the three countries. In her view, “we must be united and act together for regional security”.
Eugen Carpov, a former negotiator for settlement of Transnistrian conflict, member of the Parliament, stated: “Destabilization in the region, military interventions, aggressive propaganda, financial embargoes are the new Russian doctrine in relation to the Republic of Moldova”. According to him, the region on the left bank of Nistru appears to receive constant financial and political support from outside.
About 150 officials and high-level experts, present at the first High-Level Interparliamentary Conference “Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Eastern Partnership and Current Security Challenges”, discussed issues of information and energy security, defense, as well as ensuring sustainable economic growth and rule of law on the region.
Full information about the event, participants and speakers, including the speakers’ biographies, are available at https://parl4sec.md/ro/ and the event’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.
The event is organized in partnership with Atlantic Council, on initiative of Speakers of Moldovan, Georgian and Ukrainian Parliaments. Representatives of 11 Parliaments confirmed their participation at the first High-Level Interparliamentary Security Conference.
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