Karel Schwarzenberg was Foreign Affairs Minister of the Czech Republic from 2007 to 2013. He was chancellor under Václav Havel in the 1990s, when he led the first delegation of the OSCE to Nagorno-Karabakh following the outbreak of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He now leads the conservative TOP 09 party and ran for the Czech president in 2013, losing to Miloš Zeman in the second round.
How do you assess the current geopolitical situation in Europe?
Right now we are heading towards, or already have behind us, a great defeat. The ceasefire that the leading powers of the EU – Germany and France – negotiated in Minsk did not even hold for 24 hours. But this was clear right from the outset. Putin has succeeded in ridiculing the EU’s representatives, and Europe will have to decide if it still wants to take itself seriously.
What can and should the EU do?
Offer the strongest possible resistance to the conquest of Ukraine and help Ukraine by any means necessary. This will require considerable sacrifices.
What sacrifices do you have in mind?
Money, money, and more money – as the old field marshal [Raimondo] Montecuccoli said: “for war you need three things: money, money, and more money.” And since Russia is waging war against Ukraine, we have to support Ukraine – and this requires money, money, and more money.
Full article: ‘Europe’s fate is being determined in Ukraine’ (VOXeurop)