German politician and member of the Alliance '90/The Greens group in the Bundestag, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Marieluise Beck spoke to the 112 TV Channel's Elina Beketova on the sidelines of the YES meeting that took place in Kyiv on September 15. She speaks of the UN peacekeepers to Donbas, Minsk Agreement and its restart, sanctions and Putin.
The series of interviews 112 International Insight introduces the viewpoint of influential Western experts, who are the source of a new, fresh point of view, different from the one of the Ukrainian experts, who usually comment on the current situation.
'I know that the Ukrainian government always has been asking for blue helmets. And basically, this idea is correct because the OSCE mission is obviously too weak to stop the fighting. The problem starts when you look into the question: What kind of mission will it be? Which mandate will it have? How will it be able to work? You must always take into account that it might be another idea of Kremlin to kind of keep the West believing that you want to go for a peace but at the end, he wants to have a frozen conflict. I would say precondition number one is if Putin means it serious that those troops would be at the Ukrainian-Russian border because we know that is where the material, the war-material and the soldiers are passing. There is practically no border and that would be step number one and this will, sure, give us an idea whether Mister Putin has a really serious idea or he just wants to play around and keep us busy'.
Also, she expressed her opinion on the restart of the Minsk Agreements.
'The French and German governments will not say that we have to restart it they would say it is difficult but we are moving very slowly. I think the main question for the Minsk Treaty is: what does Kremlin want? Do they want to give Ukraine a chance to be a country which is really prospering or does he think: if Ukraine is prospering, it will be challenge for me and someday I will have a Russian Maidan. This is the main question we have to know. He will not say that openly but this is why the sanctions are so important. We all know that President Putin was very surprised that the West was sticking together, showing him we are not going to let you out and let you get by with just grabbing another part of a sovereign country. I think it will be a tiring back and forth and will there be the day when Kremlin and the people with him understand: it is hurting our country too much when we keep on this path on being aggressive towards Ukraine and then we have a chance'.
Yalta European Strategy (YES) was founded by businessmen Viktor Pinchuk in 2004 and usually took place in the Livadia Palace in Yalta but after the annexation of Crimea, it was relocated to the capital of Ukraine. The opening of the 14th Yalta meeting took place at the Besarabsky Market in the downtown of Kyiv for the first time. YES meetings have brought together heads of state and government such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Bronisław Komorowski, Mario Monti, Shimon Peres and Donald Trump. This year the partakers of the forum have concentrated on such global issues as the shifts in the geopolitical allocation of forces and changes in the global economy.