WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Talks to bring peace to Ukraine appear to have somewhat stalled in the wake of escalating claims and counter claims of war crimes in the region.
But as and when peace talks do resume, just what might the two sides really have to negotiate with? And what's it really like to be a part of such talks?
One man who knows better than most is the Former Prime Minister of Finland, Alexander Stubb, who brokered the peace deal in Georgia in 2008, and here he gives Stephen his take on what he says could be a long and difficult road to peace.
MEET THE EXPERT
Professor Alexander Stubb the former Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and national parliament from 2011 to 2017. Between 2017 and 2020 he also served as Vice President of the European Investment Bank.
Between 1995 and 2004, Stubb worked as an advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and Brussels and in President Romano Prodi's team at the European Commission, where he was involved in the negotiation of the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon.
In 2008 he was part of the negotiating team that helped bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Alexander Stubb is currently the director of the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, based in Florence, Italy.
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