16. July 2019
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called snap elections in Ukraine 21 July 2019. Although there are 21 parties that are competing in elections, only five have enough support to enter Parliament according to public opinion polls. Most of the parties expected to become represented in next Ukrainian parliament, including the frontrunner Servant of the People party, support country’s present course of integration with EU and NATO and see as their goal to deepen present integration processes. They also want to achieve restoration of countries territorial integrity through negotiations involving European powers and USA. Only exception is Opposition Platform – for Life party, which wants to change Ukraine’s clear Western orientation towards “multi vector” (in reality pro-Russian) foreign policy, revise free trade agreement with EU and to negotiate peace with Donbas illegitimate leaders on terms acceptable to Russia. It can be concluded, that it is likely that the Ukraine’s pro-EU and pro-NATO foreign policy course will not change significantly after the parliamentary elections.
The full report by ECEAP Senior Research Fellow Mr Aap Neljas can be read here:Policy Brief: Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections 2019 and Future of Ukrainian Foreign Policy