As you all may know, the next week takes place in Geneva an
emergency meeting between the four parties involved in this
conflict (Ukraine, EU, USA and Russia).
To my surprise last night, while reading the many
“contributions” that the brainy politics and officials threw on
this topic (most of them insipid, threatening and lacking any hint
of intelligence), I read with great pleasure a genuinely creative
contribution. Michael Emerson, Associate Senior Research Fellow at
the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), wrote in a very
simple list what are the necessary steps to be taken (and the
agreements that must be reached) in this summit to stabilize the
political situation in Ukraine. Enjoy it:
On the Pro-Russian side:
All illegal occupation of public buildings should be
All barricades should be dismantled.
All unofficial militias and so-called self-defense groups
should be disarmed immediately.
There should be no further attempts to promote
separatism, such as unauthorized referendums.
On the Kiev’s side:
Preparations should continue to assure free and fair
presidential elections on 25 May 2014.
The next government of Ukraine should undertake a
thorough constitutional review process, assuring a sound
distribution of competences between national and sub-national
authorities and inter alia language laws that fully respect
both majority and minority languages, and assure Ukraine will
join no military alliance.
Ukraine should have high-quality free trade with both the
EU and the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan customs union.
The EU and the Russian-Belarus-Kazakhstan customs union
should expedite negotiations over a common European economic
space to which Ukraine should be eligible to become a full party.
A trilateral Ukrainian-Russian-European consortium should
take in hand rehabilitation of the Ukrainian trunk gas pipeline network.
The price for the import of Russian gas into Ukraine
should be pegged on the average German import price, less an
amount reflecting shorter transit costs.
Difficult? Certainly I do not know, but there you have a
reasonably neutral guide that can lead us to stability.
Nothing is impossible.