It is impossible to achieve progress through diplomacy - Rebecca Harms

14 October 2015, 09:32

Minsk agreements can be implemented only on condition that EU puts the pressure on Russia using sanctions as it is impossible to achieve progress only through diplomacy. Economic sanctions are necessary to strengthen the EU's position in negotiations. Such opinion was expressed by German politician, Member of the European Parliament Rebecca Harms during the Discussion Club "Open World", organized by the The Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.

Mrs. Harms criticized recent statements of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. "I find that Juncker`s statements about the possibility of lifting sanctions from Russia is extremely wrong idea ... US never put the pressure on the EU regarding imposing sanctions, as Juncker mentioned. Vice versa, the US consistently stress the freedom of EU action and that the EU should play a leading role in making decisions on settlement of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, as it takes place near European borders,"- Rebecca Harms said.

During the meeting she also commented on the recent most resonant events related to the "Ukrainian question" and said that she as MEP will do everything she can to ensure that Ukraine becomes a member of the European family.

"I feel ashamed of the fact that the EU could not      come to the acceptable level of visa regime with Ukraine. Yes, there are definite problems in Ukraine, however, in this case here a great role of political will from the EU. The most important question is a favorable regime for obtaining visas by Ukrainians. If five years ago the EU managed to achieve a favorable visa regime for Ukrainians, I'm sure that a lot of events in Ukraine would not happened", - said the politician.

She also shared her expert view on energy issues and stressed that Ukraine should pay more attention to renewable energy and energy efficiency, "at the time when the issue of security and energy supplies from Russia is essential."

Rebecca Harms accented that Ukrainian society and government must work more closely to build their own country.

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Rebecca Harms is German politician, co-president of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. She is a Member of the European Parliament since 2004.

Energy policy has always been the most important theme to her. Her line for the usage of renewable energy, effective energy usage and against atomic energy renaissance Rebecca Harms continues to stand from 2014 in European Parliament, the committee of Industry, Research and Energy. Since recently she is a member of the committee of Foreign Affairs and of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.

Discussion Club «Open World» is an educational project of the Arseniy Yatseniuk «Open Ukraine» Foundation for socially active young people. Its goal is to raise a new generation of responsible leaders. Every month the Foundation holds lectures with renowned experts, politicians and public figures, during which they discuss ways of effective solutions to social problems in Ukraine and in the world.