Ukraine at Munich Security Conference 2016: expectations
Kyiv to raise questions about solving Donbas conflict and liberating Crimea
President Petro Poroshenko and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will represent Ukraine at the all-European security forum. They will join about 30 state leaders, 70 Defense Ministers and Foreign Ministers, leading MPs, members of European institutions and security experts (Radio Liberty).
On Saturday, Poroshenko will participate in presidential debates and hold a number of meetings with foreign counterparts from EU countries and leaders of the EU’s key institutions. The President will also negotiate with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Klimkin will have a meeting on regulation of Donbas conflict and discuss the topic of Russia-annexed Crimea, as well as the issue of human rights and rights of national minorities at the peninsula.
According to Radio Liberty’s reporter Rostyslav Khotyn, unlike the previous year, where the Ukrainian theme prevailed over the rest of security issues (due to annexation of Crimea by Russia and consequent breach of international law by the Russian Federation), during this year’s conference, Ukraine is to be discussed on the second day of the forum.
During Day 1 of the conference, participants will first of all discuss Syrian conflict, migration crisis and cyber security.
Previously, Klimkin said that during the Munich conference 2016, Ukraine will be promoting the Geneva Plus format, which is suitable for liberation of Crimea by means of diplomacy. Ukrainian diplomats insist this format has nothing to do with the Normandy format; instead, it should involve the EU, USA and other guarantors of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, under the 1994 Budapest memorandum.
“It’s a matter of further discussion whether we will be able to start the dialogue with Russia on all these issues. We’ve got a lot of questions, and I do hope Russia realizes that these issues are far from being solved. Russian-occupied Crimea is going to nowhere”, Klimkin said.
Previously, the Foreign Minister insisted that Turkey joined the Geneva Plus format. On other occasion, speaking about collective security in Eastern Europe, he said that OSCE SMM should stay in eastern Ukraine and monitor the situationb until local elections take place there.
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