Representatives of Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration with students of ZNU discussed issues of Euro-Atlantic values
On April 19, students of Faculties of Journalism and Social Management of ZNU took part in a training seminar on topical isuues of European integration of Ukraine held at the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration. The meeting's speakers were Valeriy Kravchenko, Senior Researcher of Department of Foreign Policy and International Security from National Institute for Strategic Studies, Executive Director of the PO "Center of International Security", and Oleg Kokoshinskiy, Vice-president of the PO "Atlantic Council of Ukraine", Deputy Head of the NATO-Ukraine Civic League, a specialist from "Ukrainian Institute for Advanced Training of Television, Radio and press Workers".
Representatives of public organizations shared with students modern interpretation of the concept of "security", the history of well-known international conflicts and wars, the concept of the alliance and its structure. The meeting focused on Ukrainian stereotypes related to NATO, in particular - NATO was the cause of the Cold War, NATO manages the forces of the members states, NATO expansion is directed against Russia, and NATO is the world aggressor and others. The participants also outlined three key strategic aspects of NATO: collective security, crisis management and cooperative security.
"Cooperation with NATO should facilitate the European integration of Ukraine. Now, because of a military conflict, we cannot become a full member of NATO, but we do not have to stop on the way to collective security", said Valeriy Kravchenko.
The second part of the meeting was held interactively: students watched the film about Russia's assault on Latvia (BBC, 2016) and discussed the decisions of the main characters, comparing their thoughts with the strategic decision of the British and the key positions of the North Atlantic Alliance. This film interested students, as it showed parallels with the current situation in the Donbass.