The situation in Ukraine demands urgent action. There is the real risk that violence will escalate and the economy collapse; the disintegration of the country is not out of the question. A terrible scenario for a country right in the centre of Europe, unimaginable a few weeks ago. We have little time left to grasp what is at stake.
We must avoid a disaster. Internal Ukrainian political camps face stalemate and are unlikely to be able to find a solution without the support of international partners. The US, the Russian Federation and the EU must bring together all political forces in Ukraine to initiate a constructive dialogue to prevent conflict, in everybody’s interest. We need a roundtable under the auspices of the international community, of east and west.
Ukraine should become an example of co-operation between the west and the Russian Federation. The international community must act before it is too late. If we remain spectators, not only will we be responsible for harm to economic welfare and human lives in Ukraine, we will also bear the consequences, which will be severe for all Ukraine’s neighbours.