Blinded By the Light: Ukraine Flustered By Press Conference

BY EMILY SCHEPPEGRELL, Times of India

The first press conference of Saturday morning was held by an array of other journalists, questioning, photographing, and recording the Special Session of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The topic was “The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict” and delegates worked to find solutions to the tense situation in Crimea and the Donbas Region. Russia especially plays a volatile role, as they are suspected of assisting Russian separatist rebels in the Ukraine. However, throughout the conference, the Ukraine has made some questionable choices in allies and debates.

The press conference began with a number of questions directed towards various countries. Nations like the Russian Federation and Kosovo did an excellent job of answering their questions eloquently and sensibly, despite the combination of separate opinions in the room. Albania supported “potential autonomy and electoral rights to the cities of Donbas…”.

Kazakhstan split their time with the Russian Federation describing a collaborative plan. “We need a specific timeline, which we have. We need a ceasefire, which we have. We need to establish peace, which we have,” declared Kazakhstan.

However, the delegation of the Ukraine refused to comment when press reporters asked them specific questions. “… can I say, ‘no comment’? Do you mind?” the delegate asked nervously. “Well, I do mind,” the Fox News reporter responded, “but you can say that.” No other delegate at the committee chose to respond with “no comment.”

For another question involving funding to aid corruption, Ukraine stated, “We have several points in our resolution that combat corruption… I don’t have the specifics with me now but we do address it.” Amid the flurry of flash photography, the Ukrainian delegate appeared unprepared to answer the press corps’ questions. It seemed odd that they could not name a single point in their resolution to answer the question. Next, when asked about requesting funding from outside sources like USA, a long silence covered the room, finally broken by the delegate with “no comment.” While refusing to comment is certainly an option, the way they did it appeared not to be a strategic move, but prompted by a lack of knowledge on the topic and their working paper.

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