«Is non-recognition of attempted annexation of Crimea a challenge: How to combine pragmatic interests with ethics and values»

Kyiv International Convention Center Parkovy, Main Hall

Moderator: John HERBST, Director of the Atlantic Council

Keynote speaker: Dmytro KULEBA, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

List of Participants:

  • Emine DZHAPAROVA, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine;
  • Marcin PRZYDACZ, Undersecretary of State for Security, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Policy (Poland);
  • George KENT, Deputy assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (USA) (online)
  • Gerald E. CONNOLLY, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (online);
  • Rebecca HARMS, Member of the European Parliament in the Greens/EFA Group, 2004-2019;
  • Francis FUKUYAMA, Stenford University (online).

The occupation and the attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014 became one of the key global challenges. Despite the  fact that international community is united in condemning Russia’s actions as a flagrant violation of international law, pragmatic interests often dominate in geopolitics against ethical norms and values. 

Whether it is possible and if yes, than how to combine realpolitik with a moral imperative to uphold certain ethical standards in dealing with and developing cooperation with different actors in a multipolar world, including Russia that conducts aggressive policy towards its neighbours, as well as negotiating fundamental issues with them respecting one’s international commitments?

Particularly important in this regard is an effective and efficient sanctions policy to counter violations of the international law and exert international pressure on Russia.