Kyiv Security Forum

Pawel Kowal: Russia wants neighboring countries to give up democracy

12 April 2018, 16:32

In recent years Russia's leadership is making every effort to ensure that neighboring countries abandon democracy and democratic freedoms. Such a view was expressed by Pawel Robert Kowal, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (2006-2007), Member of the European Parliament (2009-2014) during the 11th Kyiv Security Forum organized by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.

"Russia wants to create a situation in which people in our part of Europe will say: no, we are no longer interested in democracy, we are not interested in freedom of speech, we want a strong hand, we support nationalist regimes, and then such a strong iron-arm management system will be restored. This will enable Russia to somehow restore the imperialist system," Kowal said.
According to him, in order to prevent such development of the situation, the authorities have to answer the question: how to restore public trust without new revolutions, as well as to restore confidence among nations.

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The annual international event Kyiv Security Forum was launched by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation Open Ukraine in 2007 as a platform for high-level discussions on the current issues in Europe and the Black Sea region. The Forum aims at increasing security cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region, raising awareness about regional developments among key regional players, promoting the role of independent and non-governmental actors in setting the security agenda in Europe.

The event is being held with the support of NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine, the German Marshall Fund, The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, The Royal Institute of International Relations, Chatham House (UK), and The Regional Representative Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine.