First Euro-BRICS Online Discussion – A Euro-BRICS exchange of views on the Ukrainian crisis with a view to possible solutions
The Ukrainian crisis and the way it has been handled by the main protagonists triggered a dramatic escalation of tensions that do not seem to find a solution two months after the Ukrainian government was overthrown.
In 2009, the Euro-BRICS project bet on the idea that an independent Europe and a fluid Euro-Russian relation were key in the emergence of a multipolar world. Indeed we can see today that, with a Europe cutting itself from BRICS’ dynamics, the world is already heading to bipolarity structured around a fundamental antagonism between the West and the BRICS.
LEAP is therefore extremely concerned by the current evolutions which no one in Europe seems capable/willing of unreeling and LEAP wishes to capitalize on its Euro-BRICS network of experts by launching a series of Euro-BRICS discussions on the « The impact of the Ukrainian crisis on Euro-BRICS, Euro-U.S. and BRICS’ relations – A Euro-BRICS exchange of views on the Ukrainian crisis with a view to possible solutions ».
The first Discussion of this series took place on May 27th 2014 and it consisted of a very open and solution-oriented discussion, based on a series of short presentations of various Euro-BRICS positions, followed a roundtable brain-storming discussion : More positions and possible solutions.
Moderation: Marie-Hélène Caillol and Veronique Swinkels
« The impact of the Ukrainian crisis on Euro-BRICS, Euro-U.S. and BRICS’ relations – A Euro-BRICS exchange of views on the Ukrainian crisis with a view to possible solutions ».
Welcome and practical introduction by moderator Veronique Swinkels
Introduction, ‘Ukraine: a trend-reverter heading to a bipolar world or an trend-accelerator towards a multipolar world?’ by Marie-Hélène Caillol, President of LEAP
Euro-BRICS positions :
A Russian position, by Prof. Georgy Toloraya : ‘How will this situation will evolve in the future? Preventing BRICS to become an anti-west alliance’
A Chinese perspective, by Suyuan Sun : ‘Chinese perspectives on political security, cyber security and energy supplies’
A European position, by Jose Maria Compani Morales : Political Anticipation of global power balance and the rise of new global powers’
A Brazilian position, by Prof Alexander Zhebit : ‘Brazilian diplomacy in the Ukraine crisis, a transition accelerator’
A European position by Harald Greib : ‘European policy towards Russia with a view to help the new multipolar world order emerge’ .
An Indian position, by Jayanthi Chandrasekharan, ‘India’s stand on the Russia-Ukraine issue, economical and political developments’ .
Roundtable brain-storming discussion : More positions and possible solutions – all participants
Result of the first Euro-BRICS Online Discussion was a joint statement, signed by participants, declaring our joint concern with the trends currently at play resulting from the crisis in Ukraine. These trends affect the international community, threaten the sovereignty of Ukraine and the independence of Europe, and are triggering an unwelcome polarisation of the international system and impacting an always fragile geopolitical balance.
Read the full joint statement here : A Euro-BRICS joint statement on the Ukrainian crisis – Three strategic proposals
Hear the presentations of the Euro-BRICS Online Discussion here