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Euro-BRICS joint statement on the Ukrainian crisis – comments and reactions

As the result of our First Euro-BRICS Online Discussion – The impact of the Ukrainian crisis on Euro-BRICS, Euro-U.S. and BRICS’ relations our network of European and BRICS academic professors and researchers, think-tank leaders, journalists, business representatives, civil society representatives, have declared their joint concern with the trends currently at play resulting from the crisis in Ukraine, formulated in a Joint Statement.

This joint statement has been sent to 8 heads of states and their ministers (Mrs Dilma Rousseff, Mr Vladimir Putin, Mr Narendra Modi, Mr Xi Jinping, Mr Jacob Zuma, Mrs Angela Merkel, Mr Francois Hollande, Mr Matteo Renzi, Mrs Mogherini, Mr Luiz Alberto Machado, Mr Wang Yi, Ms Sushma Swaraj, Ms Federica Mogherini, Mr Sergey Lavrov, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane) as well as their advisors.

Below we have collected several comments and reactions of the addressed governments and international press.

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Reply on Euro-BRICS joint statement on the Ukrainian crisis
July 31st - Jorge Moraga, Secretary of State 

Read the original letter in Spanish: Spanish reply to Euro-BRICS Joint Statement

Madrid, July 31st 2014

Dear Ms. Caillol,

On behalf of the President I appreciate the letter you sent on July 2nd submitting the Euro-BRICS Joint Statement on Ukraine. This is an issue that we follow with great interest. The signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU on June 27th, should not be an impediment to reconcile the relationship between Ukraine and its neighbours. The same way Spain promotes multilateralism in international forums in which we participate actively, we shall continue to do our utmost towards the attainment someday of a free trade area from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

Yours sincerely,

Jorge Moraga
Secretary of State Director Cabinet of the Prime Minister


Reply on Euro-BRICS joint statement on the Ukrainian crisis
August 5th - Ambassador Vadim B. Lukov – Russia

Dear Mrs. Lubbers,
I appreciated your letter as of August 1.
The proposals put forward by the group of European and BRICS researchers and public activists merit attention. I welcome the desire of the authors to suggest creative solutions to the Ukrainian crisis.
However it should be kept in mind that the key to the resolution of the crisis is in Ukraine. Only cessation of hostilities, termination of the “antiterrorist operation” and a dialogue between the central government and South-Eastern regions of this country can lay grounds for reconciliation and territorial integrity of Ukraine. This is the essence of the position expresed by BRICS leaders at their summit in Brasil on the 15 July this year.
I ask for your kind permission to commit the Euro-BRICS appeal to the Russian press.
Yours sincerely,
Vadim B. Lukov


Reply on Euro-BRICS joint statement on the Ukrainian crisis
August 5th – Ambassador Hedemaria Gürer – Austria


Vienna, 05-08-2014

Dear Mrs President,

Thank you very much for your letter dated 2.July of this year and your proposal for a collaboration between the EU and the BRICS regarding the Ukraine crisis. Federal minister Kurz has asked me to answer your letter.

We share your view, that international dialogue is essential for the resolution of the current crisis in the context of Ukraine. In the framework of the EU there are regular summits with the BRICS countries on highest level (except currently with Russia, because the last EU-Russia summit has been canceled due to the Ukraine crisis). Also in the framework of the G20 there are regular meetings with the BRICS countries. And we should not forget the resolutions in the UN general assembly and security council, where joint statements are also occur, if all BRICS do want this.

We are convinced, that a sustainable solution for the situation in Ukraine can be found only through dialogue. But joint statements are not enough. Everybody wants a solution of the conflict, but for this words need to be followed by actions. This applies especially to Russia: the influx of weapons and fighters across the Russian-Ukrainian border has to be stopped. If weapons and supplies continue to be delivered, the conflict cannot be ended.

Kind regards,

Hedemaria Gürer



Reply on Euro-BRICS joint statement on the Ukrainian crisis
August 29th – Prof. Alexander Zhebit, PhD - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Dear all,
I agree with the Embassador Hedemaria Gürer. Only peaceful solutions,
dialogue and joint settlements must prevail.
Except for the following remark of the Embassador: “This applies especially
to Russia: the influx of weapons and fighters across the Russian-Ukrainian
border has to be stopped. If weapons and supplies continue to be delivered,
the conflict cannot be ended”.
To start a dialogue the conflict must be stopped by the two sides of the
conflict – the Ukrainian goverment (the antiterrorist operation) and the
insurgents of the South-Eastern Ukraine (the resistance) and talks must
start between the two sides.
Only then “the influx of weapons and fighters across the Russian-Ukrainian
border”, by Russia “especially”, may and should be stopped.
The inter-Ukrainian civil conflict at the actual stage somewhat resembles
the Vietnam war, by its international implications, especially when it dealt
with the recognition of the Vietkong legitimacy, which had to be accepted
during the peace talks and later in Paris in 1973.
One more remark. The conflict is not about terrorism. To call it such is one
more mistake. There was no terrorist activities of the “Donetsk and Lugansk
Republics” inside or outside the insurgency areas, by the insurgents, though
facts of abductions or dissapearance of people occur, which is not a novelty
at the time of conflicts and activities of illegal armed formations on both
sides, and when there happened a huge exodus of the population from the
region of the conflict, mainly to Russia (about 750 thousand people), but
also to Belarus, Poland, other countries, even to Brazil.
What is alarming and must be addressed with most urgency is a humanitarian
emergency which is transforming itself into a humanitarian catastrophy at
this particular region as the result of this civil conflict of such a short
duration but with so many serious consequences for the European Union,
Russia and the internation community.
Please, transmit my considerations to the Embassador Hedemaria Gürer, with
my protests of high esteem and consideration.
With my best regards,
Alexander Zhebit, PhD
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro