The path to peace is neither policy of pacification or withholding the truth. Such approaches undermine democracy, and make agressors states only stronger. We must recognize one "uncomfortable truth" - a war is on the European continent. Hybrid, dirty, using all possible means of influence. Russian aggressive behavior is now a major challenge to Europe's security, Russia is violating international law, jeopardizing the unity and integrity of the European Union. This was announced by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze at the conference "Global Women's Leadership and Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities" held at the Ukrainian House in Davos (Switzerland).
"Unfortunately, we see that Russia’s appetites are growing and it's a pity that some European countries put economic interests over the values and security by lobbying the Nord Stream 2 project. I am convinced that appeasement policy is a wrong way to peace, " the Vice Prime Minister emphasized.
She also stressed that Russia will use Nord Stream 2 as a tool to influence Europe, as it has been using for decades the gas issue against Ukraine.
"Ukraine does not see readiness of many European countries to halt the construction of the Nord Stream 2. Unfortunately, the arguments of Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic countries are not heard by other capitals. It is pity that even the proposal of the European Commission to apply to underwater gas pipelines the same rules that are currently being applied to land pipelines are not approved by the European Council," the Vice Prime Minister said.
She also noted that Ukraine,understanding the threats,agreed to be a part in trilateral Ukraine-EU-Russia negotiations on gas transit, which were held on Monday, January 21. Russia does not accept the position that the EU rules apply to Ukraine. Although both the European Union and Ukraine, in view of transformations already been made in Ukraine, are insisting on this approach.
Discussing the topic of women's involvement in state-building processes in Ukraine, the Vice Prime Minister noted that the women’s share in Parliament which makes up 12% does not correspond to the structure of Ukrainian society, in which women’s share makes up 55%. At the same time, it is the largest number of women who have ever been in the Verkhovna Rada.
"After the Revolution of Dignity, incredible impetus was given to a greater involvement of women in various sectors of public life. During the Revolution, we saw that both men and women were on an equal footing. Subsequently, women took an active part in building up from scratch, or from a minus level, the Armed Forces, as well as along with men, began to defend Ukraine with weapons in their hands ", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze emphasized.
She added that in recent years it became possible to lift the ban on more than 400 occupations, which were previously considered as dangerous for women. In particular, there is now the first female diver and woman dog handler at the National Guard. There was also an expanded list of military occupations and titles that women could occupy, because at the beginning of the war, those who fought were listed as accountants or cooks.
"Today, women’s share in the Armed Forces makes up 10.6%. This is very close to the average figure of the NATO armies, which is 10.9%, " the Vice Prime Minister underscored.