“When I see the number 2000 all around here, I feel nostalgic. The year 2000 was a symbol of hope, we looked to the future with great optimism,” said Fiala. He reminded that he will forever be associated with Czech President Václav Havel, co-founder of the Forum 2000 conference. The world celebrated in 2000, but not for long, because terrorists from Al-Qaeda came with a new threat, and it has not yet been overcome. It was a shock for the US, but also for Europe, he said.
According to Fiala, the current Russian attack on Ukraine is a similar tipping point. He recalled the occupation of Crimea in 2014 and the war that began half a year ago. It has once again plunged Europe into war, and once again we are forced to face the evil that threatens our civilization, he said.
Fiala stated that the war in Ukraine is not a regional problem, it affects everyone. “If Ukraine, a country with 40 million people, is not safe, nobody is safe. We have to think about Taiwan, Central Asia or Africa,” he said.
However, according to him, Vladimir Putin’s attack has renewed the alliance of Western democracies, NATO is expanding and becoming stronger, the Czech Prime Minister believes. According to him, the European Union works well and agrees on priorities and solutions. Another task is to deepen the overall consensus on security, not only in the West, but also with other democratic states, he said.
The Forum for Ukraine will address the situation in the country attacked by Russia as part of the Forum 2000 conference. The participants will deal with the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, the country’s European perspectives, or the issue of investigating war crimes. In addition, the speakers will deal with, for example, Chinese threats to Taiwan or the issue of building global democratic unity and solidarity.
Many foreign guests will also participate in the conference. In addition to a number of heads of diplomacy, including Ukrainian Minister Dmytro Kuleba, for example, the President of the European Investment Bank Werner Hoyer, journalists, analysts and human rights activists.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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