Supporters of the Blue March of Peace rally in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2015 (photo:dpa)

Helsinki's legacy of universal values - a poor basis for security

As the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act approaches, the West would do well to reflect on what little is left of its vision: an era of peace, democracy and unity in Europe. The crisis in Ukraine has not only brought yet another war to the European continent, it has also revealed faults in that vision. Western thinking has been blind to values of other nations. And its claim to the moral high ground has been the undoing for peace between Russia and West.

THE CRISIS in east Ukraine is escalating, throwing doubts on the shaky peace accord - Minsk II, agreed in February 2015 - which has, for all intents and purposes, broken down.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia’s response to the Western insistence on common values has been to place ever-greater emphasis on its own culture as being distinct and different from those of the West
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