Kyiv Security Forum

German MP: The "might of the law" must prevail, not the "law of the mighty"

11 April 2014, 09:51

"This year, Germany is remembering the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago, the beginning of the Second World War 75 years ago, and the welcome fall of the Iron Curtain 25 years ago.", Franz Thoennes, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, voiced at the 7th Kyiv Security Forum.

"We are also remembering the lessons we learned from these events, and which we should still be learning today, including that the "might of the law" must prevail, not the "law of the mighty" ", the German MP mentioned during the session dedicated to the Crimean Crisis and the situation in the Ukraine.

Franz Tennes stressed that the actions of the Russian Federation vis-à-vis Ukraine are unacceptable and violate international law. ‘Russia’s conduct is a violation of international law and order. Until recently, one could not even imagine such a situation in Europe. These actions of Russia are not acceptable,’ he stated.

The German MP also pointed out that, if Russia continues to escalate the situation, the FRG and other states and organisations ‘will stand by to impose further restrictive measures.’

He emphasised the need to de-escalate the situation in order to avoid destabilisation of Ukraine or ‘even some kind of warfare’, as well as getting Russia to return to the table of negotiations.

‘It is imperative that Russia should return to the table of international negotiations so that Russia realise that the post-Cold War order based on cooperation, common security in Europe, transparency, and mutual confidence building is interests of everyone, including Russia,’ Franz Tennes said.


The 2-day agenda of Kyiv Security Forum offers six panels, all open to the media. Any changes to the agenda will be posted on the Forum’s web-site.

Media professionals can make use of the press center with work stations, Wi-Fi access, and live broadcast of all the panels. In addition, there is a special media corner in the conference room.

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The annual international event, Kyiv Security Forum, was initiated by Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation Open Ukraine in 2007. It is a platform for debates on the hottest European and Black Sea security issues. The purpose of the Forum is to enhance cooperation in the security sector between the EU and the Black Sea region, raise awareness on security developments among key players, and increasing the role of independent and non-government actors in identifying solutions to security challenges in Europe.

The event is supported by Victor Pinchuk Foundation, NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine and the Chatham House, UK.

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