The article touches issues of Ukraine-Moldova relations and considers pros and cons of the realism-oriented and liberalism/constructivism oriented approaches in the bilateral relations. The author argues that liberal constructivist approach will result in win-win results whereas the realism-oriented approach can be counterproductive and thus a task of the civil society is to invigorate governments to make joint efforts grounded on common values instead of behaving using the perspective of rational egoism.

Sergiy Gerasymchuk is Deputy Executive Director, Director of the Regional Initiatives Programme and Neighbourhood Programme of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. He graduated from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with an MA in Political Science and is a graduate of the Estonian School of Diplomacy. Sergiy is also a board member at Strategic and Security Studies Group and Advisor at Think Twice Initiative.

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