George Soros has always been a vocal support of human rights and free societies in all the corners of the world. It was his belief in the importance of free and open societies that brought him to founding the Open Society Foundations. Since then, George Soros has been an influential figure on the international scene for all matters concerning international politics and economics. One of the issues that Soros has been steadfast in his advocacy of is the need for continued political reform in Ukraine. Since the reformations that started in 2014, Ukraine has been on a real path toward stable statehood. Even though the country has been faced with Russian aggression, Ukraine has remained committed to reforming its incompetent government. In the process of defending its borders and standing by its reform process, Ukraine has amassed quite the intentional debt. Although the European Union has been very involved in the lending process for providing assistance to Ukraine, Soros thinks that Europe has not gone far enough in extending support for Ukraine.
As Soros puts it, whether European leaders actually support political reform in Ukraine is of little consequence to the situation concerning Russia’s aggression. According to Soros, Europe remains fairly silent and seemingly unconcerned about the constant threat that Russian aggression poses to the entire continent. Under the misguided leadership of Vladimir Putin, Russia remains a serious military threat to Europe, and Soros is worried that more leaders are not talking about it. One of the most obvious ways to curtail Russian aggression is to maintain the independence of Ukraine and protect its borders from a Russian invasion. An effort like this requires financing, and without the help of the EU, Ukraine likely remains unable to continue to defend against the threat of Russian aggression on its own.
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In addition to contributing to the military stability of the region, EU aid to Ukraine could help sway the political leanings of Russian supporters. For instance, George Soros offers that if Ukraine were to succeed while Russia fails to improve under Putin’s leadership, it would be obvious that it was Putin’s failed policies that kept Russia from real prosperity. This realization would make it harder for Putin to connect with sympathizers in the region and around the world. This is the kind of breakthrough in terms of political support for the Western world against Russia that would go right along with the economic sanctions that the U.S. and European countries have imposed against Russia. As Soros makes clear, the success of Ukraine is undoubtedly easier to maintain if Putin’s position is weaker. Putin will have a much harder time rallying support if the failure of his economic policies is brought to light.
Given the political, military and economic benefits of offering increased aid to Ukraine, there is virtually no downside to increasing the support of the EU to Ukraine. Soros continues to push to bring the international spotlight to the situation in Ukraine and engender support from European leaders to bolster Ukraine’s odds of survival in this perilous situation.
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