On 19 September the Riga Graduate School of Law hosted the discussion GEORGIA, MOLDOVA, UKRAINE: THE IMPACT OF OCCUPIED TERRITORIES ON THE EU INTEGRATION PROCESS.
Speakers were Ambassador of Georgia Teimuraz Janjalia, Ambassador of Moldova Eugen Revenco and Charge d’Affaires a.i. of Ukraine Alisa Podolyak, as well as Executive Director of the Center for Eastern European Studies Andis Kudors as the moderator.
The diplomats briefed the audience about priorities of development of Eastern Partnership and the developments in the occupied territories in their respective countries – temporary occupied by the Russian Federation territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Donbas, Transdniestria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The participants stated the destructive actions of Russia and its puppet governments in the occupied territories with a view of imposing Russian scenario.
“The actions of Russia, targeted at economic, political and social destabilization in our countries, are similar and different at some point. Russia wages a hybrid war to prevent European integration of our countries and it can only be counteracted through European and Euroatlantic unity”, told the Ukrainian diplomat in her speech.
While answering questions of journalists, diplomats and public figures, the representative of the Ukrainian Embassy stressed on the importance to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission throughout the whole territory of the temporary occupied region of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and stressed that the initiative was filed by Ukraine with the UN Security Council in April 2015, but was blocked by a permanent member of the UN Security Council – Russia. She noted that the guarantee of security and peace on the occupied territory can be only safeguarded if Russia fully withdraws its troops and armaments from Donbas. Destructiveness of Russian peacekeeping functions was stated also by other participants. In particular, the Moldovan ambassador remarked that the Russian military presence only deepens the conflict in the Transdniestrian settlement.
More photos from the event at the Embassy's Flickr.