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The 12th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting entitled “At Risk: How New Ukraine’s Fate Affects Europe and the World”

12th Annual Yalta European Strategy meeting “At Risk: How New Ukraine’s Fate Affects Europe and the World” has come to an end.

This year's conference focused on determining how Ukraine can become a force for global stability and European values in today's global context. Analysis based on addressing the challenges that arose from the annexation of the Crimea, the conflict in the East, and the urgent need for reform of the financial, economic and security sectors.

President Aleksander Kwasniewski, at the beginning of his speech, called on to politicians and intelligence from around the world to join efforts in order to “find the right path for Ukraine and to look for solutions, which exist even in the most difficult of situations.”

On September 12th, Mr. President Aleksander Kwasniewski took part in the discussion panel called "Decentralization – Panaceas and Trojan Horses” Mr. President openly expressed his view that Ukraine needs decentralization, not only for the democratic reasons but also because of the size of their country.
President Aleksander Kwasniewski later in his speech said that the provisions laid down in the draft Constitution for the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk may seem quite uncomfortable for some parts of the Ukrainians, but they are crucial for the country.

President Aleksander Kwasniewski in his closing speech drew attention to the issue of reforms that Ukraine should implement in real life so that the country can easily overcome the crisis. Mr. President, like many other speakers, pointed out the still rising problem of bureaucracy and corruption. Aspect of tolerance and the mentality of the Ukrainian society have also been expressed in the speech of Mr. President.

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