Political analyst on Kyiv visit: They wanted to show that they do not recognize Russian dominance

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Jiří Pehe | Photo: Kateřina Cibulka,  Czech Radio

“I believe it was an necessary symbolic gesture. We nonetheless have no idea precisely what was promised , whether or not it was only a diplomatic go to displaying help for Ukraine or whether or not the Central European leaders promised one thing concrete, comparable to deliveries of arms. However, definitely it has considerably boosted the morale right here in Central Europe just because it reveals that these international locations have leaders who care – on this large worldwide disaster.”

Related visits by protection ministers to navy bases in international locations the place there’s a warfare raging are stored strictly underneath wraps and solely reported on when they’re over. Why was details about this go to launched nicely forward, with particulars comparable to that they are going to be travelling by prepare, which added to the chance. Was {that a} sign to the world?

War in Ukraine | Photo: Ľubomír Smatana,  Czech Radio

“I believe essentially the most believable rationalization about why this go to was not stored secret is that these politicians wished to show that although Ukraine is underneath assault from Russia they nonetheless have the suitable to go there and go to and never behave in a manner that will recommend they acknowledge Russian dominance. So, sure, they took an enormous threat in some methods, however I believe that Russia got here to grasp that it shouldn’t assault these politicians in any manner and may merely acknowledge them as visiting international prime officers.”

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How do you interpret the make-up, the composition of this delegation? And, is it possibly a sign from the post-communist international locations, who’ve direct expertise with Russian aggression, that they need stronger help for Ukraine – comparable to EU candidate standing?

Viktor Orbán | Photo:  European People's Party,  Flickr,  CC BY 2.0

“I believe that this go to was additionally a sign to the EU and we are going to study later what was promised or advised. What can be necessary is the composition of this group. It could have made sense if the delegation had been one among Visegrad leaders, however clearly the prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, was overlooked and he opted to not go and in addition the Slovak prime minister was not there. So I believe that would be the topic of many various interpretations and possibly we are going to study extra finally from the Czech prime minister about why this group was composed the best way it was.”

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