Unlock Ukraine: An Insightful Dialogue with Viola von Cramon

In an engaging session of Unlock Ukraine, Marta Barandiy sat down with Viola von Cramon, the vice-chair of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Committee and a member of the EU-Russia Committee, to discuss her perspectives on EU relations, her efforts for Ukraine, and her views on the geopolitical landscape shaped by Russia’s actions.

Marta Barandiy with Viola von Cramon

Marta Barandiy: Hi everyone, I am Marta Barandiy. Today, we’re talking with Viola von Cramon about insights into Russia and its relations with the EU and the unfolding situation in Ukraine. Thank you for joining us, Viola.

Viola von Cramon: Thank you, Marta. It’s an opportunity to discuss these critical issues and share my experiences and viewpoints.

Marta: You’ve been a part of both the EU-Ukraine and Russia-EU committees. Could you reflect on your experiences, especially considering the current EU-Russia relations?

Viola: The EU-Russia relationship has essentially ceased, deteriorating even before the recent escalations. My interaction with Russian representatives has been minimal, emphasizing a broader disconnect spurred by conflicting ideologies and actions, particularly regarding Ukraine.

Marta: Your work goes back to a long-standing engagement with Russia. How have your past experiences shaped your understanding of the region?

Viola: My journey began with an internship in Russia in 1993, where I aimed to understand the distinct societal and systemic differences. Despite the challenges and the cultural shock, these experiences offered me a profound insight into the Russian way of life, which has been instrumental in my political and humanitarian work.

Marta: Transitioning to your involvement with Ukraine, how do you perceive the support provided by the EU, and how could it impact the broader European geopolitical landscape?

Viola: The EU’s stance on Ukraine signifies a commitment to democracy and international law, albeit with challenges regarding rapid response and strategic communication. The support extends beyond mere political solidarity, emphasizing the need for comprehensive humanitarian, military, and strategic aid to Ukraine amidst its struggle for sovereignty.

Marta: Considering the allegations of genocide and the actions of the Wagner Group in Ukraine, how should the international community respond to these atrocities?

Viola: The acts committed against Ukrainian citizens, particularly children, align with the UN’s definition of genocide. It’s crucial for the international community, including the EU, to take decisive action, ensuring accountability for these crimes and supporting Ukraine’s fight for justice and independence.

Marta: Reflecting on your career and the current situation, do you envision a second term where you can continue to make an impact?

Viola: Absolutely. The experiences and connections I’ve developed, especially related to Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova, underscore the potential to influence and support our neighbors’ paths to democracy and stability. I’m hopeful for a second mandate to continue this vital work.

Marta: Viola, your insights today have been incredibly enlightening. Thank you for sharing your perspectives and for your ongoing commitment to Ukraine and European values.

Viola: Thank you, Marta. It’s essential that we continue these conversations and work towards a peaceful and democratic future for all involved nations.

Viola von Cramon

This formatted interview provides an overview of Viola von Cramon’s perspectives on EU-Russia relations, the role of advocacy groups like Promote Ukraine, and Ukraine’s future within the European context. It captures the essence of the dialogue between Marta Barandiy and Viola von Cramon, reflecting on past experiences, current challenges, and future aspirations.

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