For Ukraine, there is a big difference between the words «peace» and «victory» — Kira Rudik at the Liberal International Congress in Sofia

Since Ukraine received the status of a candidate for joining the EU, putin's attacks on our country have tripled. The world sees that the Kremlin does not keep its word and therefore it is dangerous to believe its promises. Ukraine is a vivid example of this because the war here did not start on February 24, 2022, but in 2014, from the moment of the occupation of Crimea. This was emphasized by the leader of the Golos party, MP, and ALDE vice-president Kira Rudik at the security discussion panel within the framework of the Liberal International Congress in Sofia.

«All the countries that are not directly involved in the war, as well as the countries that provide help for us, love the concept of peace. But peace is a very dangerous word. When you have it, you want to keep it, but when you are at war, you no longer want peace, you want victory. There is a huge difference between these words. We want victory», — said the MP of Ukraine.

For a long time, the argument that one should not annoy putin was used wherever there was a need to hide any uncertainty. It shouldn't be like that.

«We have many agreements, but there are no mechanisms on how to react when international agreements are violated. What about countries like russia or China, which do not care about international law? We do not have an answer to this question yet. This means we are weak. If we were strong, we could stand up and say: «Stop!». This issue will not go away, we have to find a solution. I think it consists in creating strong defense alliances», — the leader of Golos emphasized.

The decision of Sweden and Finland to join NATO is historic both for these countries and for the world: one should think about their own security and that of their citizens, and not about whether it will provoke Russia to escalate or not.

"putin does not keep his word. Sanctions that are introduced now will start working only from 2023. We have to think about security. Before the signing of the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine had the third-largest nuclear arsenal, but we gave it up for the sake of world peace and security guarantees from Britain, the USA, and russia. No one thought that one of the guarantors would want to cut off a piece of our territories, now we are paying with our lives to get them back», — noted Kira Rudik.