The Minsk Conundrum: Western Policy and Russia’s War against Ukraine

11 June 2020, 12:18

New Kyiv Security Forum online discussion organized in partnership with Chatham House, devoted to the international negotiation process for the deoccupation of the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia will be broadcasted on June 12, 2020 at 3 pm.

In "Ukrainian Doctrine of Security and Peace", prepared in 2019 by a group of Ukrainian diplomats and experts in international law led by Ambassador Volodymyr Vasylenko, there is an assessment of Minsk Agreements: "In terms of international law, the Minsk Agreements have been nil and void since the moment of their signing, as they were imposed on Ukraine by force."

Chatham House recently presented a research paper by Duncan Allan "The Minsk Conundrum: Western Policy and Russia’s War in Eastern Ukraine" Author emphasizes on: "The Minsk agreements of September 2014 and February 2015, which sought to end Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine, rest on two irreconcilable interpretations of Ukraine’s sovereignty – what could be called the ‘Minsk conundrum’: is Ukraine sovereign, as Ukrainians insist, or should its sovereignty be limited, as Russia demands?"

  • Where do the Minsk agreements lead us?
  • Will Russia be able to implement its plans for aggression against Ukraine?
  • Are Ukraine and the West able to work out an alternative plan of action and strategically deter the aggressor and the war, which the Kremlin does not intend to end?

The online discussion will revolve around these key issues.

Participants of the discussion:

Oleksii Reznikov, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories, member of Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Deputy of the Head of delegation in the Minsk trilateral contact group;

Duncan Allan, British diplomat and strategist, Associate Fellow, Chatham House;

Ambassador Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations (2017-2019), Distinguished Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA);

Nico Lange, German politician, Chief of Executive Staff, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany; 

Alya Shandra, expert in international relations, Chief Editor at Euromaidan-Press;

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Chairman of the Kyiv Security Forum, Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2014-16;

Danylo Lubkivsky, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine and member of the Board of Open Ukraine Foundation (moderator).


Please join us for the broadcast on June 12 at 3 pm on:

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YouTube «Open Ukraine»