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  • New security architecture is impossible without Ukraine’s integration: Olha Stefanishyna
    Service of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, posted 28 May 2023 12:15

    There can be no European security architecture without Ukraine. This was emphasised by Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, during the debate of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Congress “Strengthening Europe’s Security in Wartime” held in Stockholm, Sweden.

    “The most important lesson we have learnt during the year of this war is that we have to learn by doing. Only through our own actions have we been able to learn new lessons: how to remain resilient, how to stay confident, and how to defend our values. I am particularly proud of the actions taken collectively by the democratic world and individually by every country in Europe and across the Atlantic, and the decisions made in support of Ukraine. All these actions and decisions are success stories,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

    According to Olha Stefanishyna, one of the most important decisions was to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the European Union.

    On 23 June last year, all EU members demonstrated unity and steadfastness, and Ukraine was given the prospect of a peaceful future as part of the European family.

    “We need to build on these lessons. We are still far from a strategic vision of the future security architecture. But we are very close to starting to shape it, and I think it is time to take some decisions. The long-standing strategic uncertainty about Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations is one of the decisions that the russian federation has been speculating on for years.

    By finally taking political decisions to bring Ukraine into the family of the European and Euro-Atlantic defence architecture, we must ultimately recognise the obvious: without Ukraine, there can be no European security architecture,” said Olha Stefanishyna during the discussion.

    The main issues discussed were also strengthening defence assistance to Ukraine, as well as reconstruction and post-war recovery.

    The panel also included Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Member of the German Bundestag and Chair of the Defence Committee, and Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania.

    The event was moderated by Dániel Berg, ALDE Party Vice-President.