Ukraine White Paper
We now need as many open and controversial discussions as possible between Russia, NATO, the EU and the U.S. (like in Hubertus Hoffmann, Russia Paralyzed by Isolationism and Nationalism and the Myth of a NATO Threat). To exchange different points of views is the essence of democracy and the beginning of compromise. To cancel the NATO-Russia-Council or other meetings out of frustration or as a tool of punishment is counterproductive and self-defeating. Despite many state-banquets and vague speeches in the past, real discussions are still missing. This Western „no-talk no-meetings approach“ is as well neglecting the lessons learned in the months before World War I – after so many good books have been published in the year of the 100th anniversary of this European core drama.
The EU should now initiate detailed Ukraine-Russia-trade- negotiations, which were neglected in the past : "In the case of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, there was no dialogue at all. We were told that it was none of our business or, to put it simply, we were told where to go,“ Putin complained. This mismanagement in the lower EU-level must stop now.
Peace and a reset of Russian-Ukrainian and Russian-Western relations are possible when both sides look for a compromise based on international law and best practices in Europe.
The ultra-nationalists on both sides will be disappointed, but we belief only a compromise is in the national interests of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the EU and the international community.
After several open and controversial talks with representatives from all sides, including Ukraine, Russia, the EU and member states, we have written down some proposals to solve the Ukraine crisis in a peaceful and responsible way in a "White Paper Ukraine" for broader discussions:
A South Tyrol Accord for the Donbas, Codes of Tolerance for Ukraine and a Reconciliation Referendum for Crimea Download here.
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Engineering Peace: White Paper Ukraine