“I would like to stress on the need to con­sider pro­mot­ing a more bal­anced image for Ukraine”

Lau­rent Cha­mon­tin, pol­icy an­a­lyst and au­thor, au­thor of Ukraine et Russie: pour com­pren­dre (2016), Paris

The Ukrainian Week - - NEIGHBOURS -

In my view, Ukraine is in the mid­dle of a cross­ing a river. Of course, there is some un­cer­tainty linked to the con­flict with Rus­sia. As to re­forms, those who dream of mod­ern­iz­ing their coun­try ap­par­ently think that the move­ment is slow. But one has to think about the part of the path that al­ready crossed. The past three years have seen sig­nif­i­cant progress in so­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive fields, and econ­omy, even if the re­sult is still not too vis­i­ble. Of course, much is still to be done. But many state­ments made re­cently prove that the West­ern busi­ness com­mu­nity is now see­ing Ukraine in a more fa­vor­able way, and that's worth the at­ten­tion. If the ef­forts

don't slow down, the ap­pli­ca­tion of the heal­ing meth­ods that have worked for Cen­tral Europe could give Ukraine a chance to reach the point of no re­turn.

What is im­por­tant to think about is Ukraine's image on which it has to work now in or­der to pro­vide some back­ing to the re­forms. I have ac­cess to a wide range of in­for­ma­tion on Ukraine from the press in French, English and Rus­sian, as well as my own source in Ukraine, in­clud­ing in uni­ver­si­ties. This puts me quite far from the rest of the French who only hear about Ukraine when some no­tice­able in­ci­dent takes place on the front­line or a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis erupts. I would like to stress once again on the need to con­sider pro­mot­ing a more bal­anced image for Ukraine.

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