The EU should not have forced Ukraine to choose between the EU and Russia. The ex-president of the European Economic and Social Union Henri Malosse stated this during the presentation of the "Normandy format parliamentary dimension" at a meeting with members of the French Senate, National Assembly and representatives of diplomatic and business circles of France.
“This crisis, in particular, is also caused by the way Europe behaved. That is, Europe is also partially responsible for the fact that it arose. And therefore, Europe simply has to work on solving the crisis that has arisen. What is its responsibility? , as I said, she made Ukraine face this completely crazy, impossible choice, and in fact, instead of forcing Ukraine to choose between closer relations with the EU and its relations with Russia, it was necessary to strive for a tripartite partnership. T If there is, it was necessary to make such a partnership that the EU cooperated with Ukraine, but at the same time that Ukraine could maintain its traditional relations, including economic relations, all the rest, with Russia. Therefore, in fact, it was necessary to strive not to opposition, and to unification, and I believe that civil society and economic circles should also participate in this process. They should all make efforts, "he said.
“I think that there must be a political component in this decision, and there really is a Norman format, this was already great progress in resolving the situation. I believe that the path, the initiative that Viktor Medvedchuk offers is absolutely brilliant the idea is to create a parliamentary change in this Normandy format, and, as I said, I personally believe that we need to include civil society and economic circles here, so that together we can create a new approach, a new vision for finding ways out of this crisis. And I believe that Europe, the EU - it should build partnerships, including Russia. That is, it should build partnerships with Eastern Europe and Ukraine together with Russia, and not oppose the position of Russia. And, of course “It’s necessary to connect all the components - political, economic and civil society,” Malosse emphasized.