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The next century is “on the table”

16 April, 2023 Sunday
21:13

Crimea... I have no doubt that this war will end with its liberation from the Russian occupiers and the restoration of Ukraine's state borders

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And this is not about beautiful words and rosy hopes, but sober calculations.

Not only by Ukraine.

We have to go through the process of talking about the possibility of agreements with Russia again and again with only one goal in mind: to prove again and again that they are impossible.

Not to prove it to our partners. They have realized everything this year.

To prove it to the leaders of countries who still see the insidious West and the even more insidious China and do not want to choose.

No matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise, unfortunately, for a large part of the world, our war is a choice, first of all, between two worlds, and only then between good and evil.

“No matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise, unfortunately, for a large part of the world, our war is a choice, first of all, between two worlds, and only then between good and evil”

This is wrong. It is unfair. Criminal. Yes, it is. But who said the world is perfect?

And most of us, let's be honest, have only heard the names of these countries in school during geography lessons until recent months.

Have we been building alliances? Developing relations between nations? Have we been training professional diplomats?

No, so such a result is quite expected.

Each of these leaders is waiting for the moment when there is no doubt about who will win, to side with the strongest.

A complete victory for Ukraine is exactly that moment.

When, together with our partners, we prove that

- a small peaceful country can defeat a large aggressor;

- the aggressor leaves the battlefield not just with nothing gained, but having lost everything;

- democracies are all about the future, so the 21st century is the time of the decline of dictatorships.

“In the battle between two worlds, Ukraine is the epicenter of events. But the world is bigger than Ukraine. And there is much more on the table than short-sighted politicians think when they count the dollars sent to Ukraine”

In the battle between two worlds, Ukraine is the epicenter of events. But the world is bigger than Ukraine. And there is much more on the table than short-sighted politicians think when they count the dollars sent to Ukraine.

The next century is on the table:

  • with or without human rights and freedoms;

  • with small free countries or colonies;

  • with polar bears joining NATO or a communist Arctic;

  • with or without high-tech Taiwan and financial center Hong Kong...

So stop whining about our partners' lack of belief that we can/should return Crimea. We have been dancing on the rake of despondency dozens of times over the past year. And this is just another rake.

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About the author: Ahiya Zahrebelska, Ukrainian lawyer, State Commissioner of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (2015 to 2019).

The editorial staff do not always share the opinions expressed by the blog authors.


 
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