The New Rada should use the pause in the conflict in the East to raise investments and modernize the army – Yuriy Lutsenko

The New Rada should use the pause in the conflict in the East to raise investments and modernize the army – Yuriy Lutsenko
13 September 2014

The new Parliament of Ukraine will have to use the pause in the Russia-Ukraine conflict in Donbas to raise foreign investment, to fight against corruption and to modernize the army, stated Yuriy Lutsenko, Advisor to the President of Ukraine – Head of the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” Party at the session “Parliamentary Elections: Breakthrough or Entrenchment of the Old?” at 11th annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy (YES) on Saturday in Kyiv.

Lutsenko believes that the Minsk protocol does not mean peace, it is a chance for peace, the opportunity to shift from military confrontation with the Kremlin to economic one.  

“Most likely, the Minsk protocol is a pause. The question is how we will use this pause in the Parliament. Yes. As this is the Parliament that adopts the rules. What do we need to defend Ukraine? To modernize our army. The Ukrainian Parliament should do this. We should defend our country investing several dozen billions. We are to ensure such fight against corruption, such market laws, such reduction of the excessive administrative apparatus, that would enable lots of foreign investments to inflow fast”, - said the Head of the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” Party. According to Lutsenko, another thing to be ensured in the Parliament is the unity of Ukrainian people in their diversity.

The politician added that the Ukrainian democratic forces now are negotiating the issue that the new Verkhovna Rada should have people from Maydan parties and should not have the fifth column from the Kremlin.

Lutsenko believes that the RF President Vladimir Putin needs the entire Ukraine: “Ukraine is the horror for the Kremlin since it can demonstrate that the fraternal, neighboring, Slavic people may live better under the European standards than in that paradigm - we have been held in the Asian captive for 300 years”.

Another panelist – Anatoliy Grytsenko, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, Head of the “Civic Position” Party – stated Ukraine has not used its potential in full to overcome the military aggression of Russia. “There is no diplomatic solution. If we have the aggression, if we indeed have a profound conviction that this is our country, our integrity, our freedom, than we should fight. The diplomatic efforts could have been stronger if they had been supported by military resistance. Ukraine? What sanctions have we imposed? Has Ukraine involved its potential to stop the aggression? My answer is No. We have engaged no more than 30%”, - Grytsenko believes.

Oleh Liashko, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, Head of the Radical Party of Ukraine, emphasized that we could have avoided the war with Russia, if Ukraine had been a NATO member. “I believe the non-aligned status is a strategic mistake. The non-aligned status today has led us to the war against Russia”.

Liashko also believes that the newly elected Parliament would cancel the parliamentary immunity: “I have no doubts.”

Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the leading public diplomacy platform in Eastern Europe to develop strategies for Ukraine and Wider Europe and promote Ukraine’s European integration. YES was established in 2004 by Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk and is led by a distinguished board including President of Poland (1995-2005) Aleksander Kwasniewski, former Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999) and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009) Javier Solana, and others.

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John Tefft
John Tefft
Ambassador to Ukraine (2009-2013), 15th YES Annual Meeting, 2018
«Russia still has to become a modern nation. It still hasn’t made the fundamental decisions to determine whether it’s going to be a part of the international community or whether it’s going to try to be an imperial power and attack its neighbors, and take their land.»