Keith Darden, the associate professor at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and Samuel Charap, the senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation discussed the possible future of Ukraine at the panel of the Center for the National Interest on September 20 as The National Interest reported.
The sides provided two different views on the future of the Ukrainian site, however, both of them agreed that the positive attitude towards it is controversial and cannot be confirmed by the situation that appeared in Ukraine itself and international situation over it.
Particularly, Darden noted that Ukraine remains “regionally divided in a way that threatens its territorial integrity.” Also, emphasized the difficult situation with the fight against corruption and lack of the proper reforms that can solve this crisis.
Then, Charap named the situations under which Ukraine’s situation will be improved. In any case, they are connected with the fall of Russia’s economy or constant pressure on it, but it is unlikely to happen.
Moreover, the parties emphasized the inner problem of Ukraine, such as the aspirations of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on the entering of the state to the NATO, while less than the half of the population supports such decision. However, they also claimed that the West and the U.S. should seek for the way of the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict as “that compromise now, may be less painful than compromise later.”
As we reported Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the occasion of the UN Summit in New York. The sides also discussed the situation in Ukraine.
Later, ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko gave a big interview in which he also dwelled on the prospects of the future of Ukraine.