French do not understand importance of Ukraine for Europe, - Bernard-Henry Levy

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Ukraine can become and it is one of the hearts beating in Europe but it is not known enough
14:56, 18 September 2017

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Ukraine can become one of the hearts beating in Europe and it is the defense of the continent from the Russia aggression as French writer Bernard-Henry Levy claimed. He expressed such opinion at the exclusive comment to hostess of the 112 International Insight Elina Beketova at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) meeting in Kyiv.

He noted that he does not hear enough about Ukraine at his motherland in France. That is because the French people do not understand the importance of Ukraine for Europe. Ukraine can become and it is one of the hearts beating in Europe but it is not known enough. What is situation in Europe now? Brexit is a great loss. Ukraine knocks in the door and it can enter. I would like to say: ''Goodbye the UK, welcome Ukraine!'. This is what I would like to say to my compatriots and this is what I would like to hear more often', the writer noted.

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Levy said that the EU must expect Ukraine when he was asked such question.

'This is so because Ukraine, first of all is very important country and it consists 10% of the European population, secondly you have a great wealth, spiritual wealth, you believe in Europe. We do not believe in Europe so much and you, the new European, believe in Europe, in the values that we already do not believe. And thirdly look at the map: what is the best shield to prevent the Russian troops of Putin to enter our space and what is the best buffer? Ukraine is the best shield; this is a defense of Europe. This is a reason for the Europeans to be friendlier to the Ukrainians than they are. We need Ukraine in the EU more that Ukraine needs the EU', he thinks.

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The writer also expressed the opinion that the Normandy Format was not change since the accession to the presidency by Emmanuel Macron.

'Normandy Four was initiated by President Holland who was a real friend of Ukraine but I believe that Macron is a friend of Ukraine too. And you will see that the bilateral meeting of Macron and Poroshenko will take place next week in New York and I hope that the friendship between our countries will be strengthen or stay at the same level as at the time of Holland's presidency', the writer is assured.

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The annual Yalta European Strategy meeting took place in Kyiv on September 14-16 and the number of the world and Ukrainian politicians, community and culture public figures.

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