What Can Be Learned from the Recent Security Lapses in Brussels?
On Monday, top officials of the European Parliament and EU officials could not help but boast when President Zelensky of Ukraine unexpectedly showed up in London. It was an exciting surprise given the many security issues, and also the fact that his trip was veiled in mystery due to fears of Russian assassination plans. His surprise visit to President Zelensky on the streets of London was brought about partly due to the meeting with Charles Michel, the European Council president, and Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, which was held earlier in the month, in Kyiv. Both leaders discussed the various measures for security to in the protection of his Ukrainian president. This latest news paints an optimistic picture of the prospects of European relations with Ukraine.
1. What was the nature of the encounter with Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen with President Zelensky?
The gathering of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 9th July, 2020 was a groundbreaking one for the discussions about security violations that resulted in Brussels red-faced. The meeting was important, as it marked the first time that the EU and Ukraine have held a summit since the 2014 Ukraine crisis. The summit was a chance for participants discussed security issues that had occurred at Brussels and discussed the actions required in order to ensure that similar lapses do not repeat themselves in the future.
2. What is the effect of the events of this week had on President Zelensky’s plans to go to the EU summit?
In the wake of an incident that was embarrassingly bungled security in Brussels which left the EU with a sour face, the effects of the incident this week in relation to President Zelensky’s plans be a part of the coming EU summit that is scheduled for Brussels is of great importance. The incident, which saw a Latvian cameraman gain entry into the main entrance of the EU Council building and a cloud of uncertainty over the security of the EU and raised questions about the safety of the Summit attendees. The incident is causing the plans of President Zelensky to attend the Summit to be considered. He cannot accept any risk to his personal safety.
3. What security measures are put in place to guarantee the safety of the President Zelensky?
Following the Security lapses leave Brussels with a sour face and it is vital that the necessary steps are taken to ensure the safety of President Zelensky. Numerous security measures were taken to protect the security and wellbeing that President Zelensky enjoys. The measures are a combination of increased surveillance and perimeter security that is more robust, enhanced intelligence gathering and a heightened awareness of potential security threats. Furthermore, the deployment of additional security staff and improved communication between security staff, and the use of advanced technology are taking into consideration. In addition, security procedures are being reviewed and updated to ensure that any potential risks are dealt with. Each of these steps is specifically designed to protect Presidents and protect the general public should there be the possibility of a security breach.
4. What is it that makes the journey of the president Zelensky secretly covered up?
For security and diplomatic reasons It is commonplace to have presidents travel in secret, especially if they’re in a place so important as Ukraine. It’s simple to grasp the reasons why the president Zelensky would travel in secrecy, given the public nature of the news reports about security breach that made Brussels shocked. An incident like this highlights the importance of the protocols and guidelines that are followed with regard to the security of a nation’s chief, as well as the necessity to ensure that these protocols and processes to be regularly evaluated and revised to ensure that they are effective.
The EU demonstrated its strength and solidarity to Volodymyr Zelensky who is Ukraine’s President, by inviting the Ukrainian President to Brussels despite the fact that there was a variety of security incidents this week. In spite of these concerns however, it’s clear that the EU is still confident in Zelensky’s commitment to help bring Ukraine closer to Europe and further away from Russia. The visit confirms Zelensky’s commitment to this direction and provides an assurance that Ukraine will be able to withstand Russian violence.