Prof. Dr. Segbers gives expert assessment on crisis in Ukraine

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers

In an interview with the German broadcasting channel N-TV, Prof. Dr. Segbers highlights the main challenges in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, addressing a conflict, the international community seems to has forgotten about in the midst of recent terrorist attacks and the devastating consequences of a failed military coup in Turkey.

News from Aug 16, 2016

While global terrorism is increasingly dominating the global headlines, another worrying conflict on European mainland has reached one more peak point. In an interview with the news channel N-TV Prof. Dr. Segbers, Chair of Eastern European Studies at the Otto-Suhr-Institute at the Free University of Berlin and Director of the Center for Global Politics emphasizes that Russia and Ukraine are again accusing each other of not respecting the other’s territorial integrity in Crimea. Another escalation of this conflict is “very likely,” so the expert’s opinion.

Also, addressing the role of the international community in this regional conflict, Prof. Dr. Segbers explains that “both countries are facing modernization difficulties and that, rather than bringing reforms in domestic politics on the way, these difficulties are avoided by focusing the political agenda on an international conflict,” the international community could therefore “not do much more than encourage to solve the conflict peacefully.” Lifting the sanctions opposed on Russia would nevertheless be “the wrong signal.”

The Minsk protocol that was brought into place in 2015 is, “although still existent” more focusing on “freezing the conflict rather than solving it.” A solution is “in light of the circumstances of a Euro crisis, an upcoming Brexit, and the fight against terroristic attacks in Europe, not easy to achieve.” Since the beginning of this conflict in April 2014, more than 9,500 people have lost their lives and although international politicians are trying to work out a diplomatic solution the fronts are hard-lined.