Our country needs a pragmatic ukrainian centrism that can provide us with peace and sovereignty. This is how political analyst Valery Klochok commented on the latest developments in relations between Ukraine, Belarus and the European Union in a comment for iDemocracy.
In particular, the political scientist commented on the words of the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrel, who for the first time called Lukashenko a dictator.
I think that such statements should be taken into account, but I would not say that they should become decisive. Because the European Union often plays a double game. Recently, they talked about the possibility of providing a 3 billion Euro loan for Belarus. But we remember what sanctions were imposed against Lukashenko earlier, when he was still called The Last Dictator of Europe– he said.
According to the political scientist, recently officials of the European Union very often resort to populism.
However, the double game is inherent not only in Europe, but also in many other countries of the world. Also earlier, Ukraine was accused of "running ahead of the locomotive" when flights over Belarus were banned, and so on. But I think we did everything right. At the same time, Ukraine needs to be quite careful and pragmatic in its relations with Belarus. It is good that our parliament has adopted a resolution condemning the illegal landing of the plane and other dictatorial actions of Lukashenko. However, we must also defend our own economic interests in relations with Belarus. Because recently, the world has been actively trying to separate politics from state business– the political scientist noted.
According to him, we should be more pragmatic and cynical in preserving our own interests on various vectors, that is, we should continue to maintain economic relations with Belarus.
Only pragmatic ukrainian centrism can ensure peace and sovereignty in the future. Because it was this Ukrainian-centric position that allowed Zelensky to win the elections two years ago– stated Valery Klochok.