Kyiv Security Forum

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an aggression against the values of the democratic world – Volodymyr Groysman

06 April 2017, 13:36

“Russian aggression concerns not only Ukraine. Now it is an aggression against the values of the democratic world”, Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, expressed this opinion during the 10th Kyiv Security Forum held by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation Open Ukraine.

 “The recent three years have witnessed that the world security system had not worked properly and we faced an aggression of a country which until recently had been friendly to Ukraine. It is a pity that Russia attacked Ukraine, however, it was the choice of the Russian leadership, and we, together, must put a stop to it.

We call this a hybrid aggression, as it has many forms: from military intervention, economic and energy pressure, to information aggression. And this aggression concerns not only Ukraine. Now it is an aggression against the values of the democratic world”, Volodymyr Groysman noted.

Today, we are fighting for the democratic values: respect for international law, the right to self-determination, inviolability of borders. Our soldiers in the East of Ukraine are defending not only the borders of our state, but of the Eastern Europe as a whole. That is why when I hear today talks about a need to temper the stance toward the aggressor, or to close eyes on something, I immediately want to ask: who wants to be the next one?”, the Prime Minister said.

At the same time, despite the complexity of the situation where Ukraine currently finds itself, the Prime Minister expressed confidence in Ukraine’s victory.

“In general, I believe that we shall win. We have no other way. The only question is when it will happen and what price we will pay for it. I really want it happen faster”, Volodymyr Groysman stated.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister also thanked his Baltic colleagues for the support their states render to Ukraine.

“I want to thank our Baltic colleagues for their support to Ukraine. We are thankful to them for a clear position and for calling a spade a spade”, Volodymyr Groysman said.

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Kyiv Security Forum was launched by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation Open Ukraine in 2007 is an annual international event to high-level discussions on the current issues in the Black Sea region and wider Europe. The Forum aims at increasing security cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region, raising awareness about regional developments among key regional players, promoting the role of independent and non-governmental actors in setting the security agenda in Europe.