The Ukrainian President delivered a speech at the opening of the plenary session “Future of Impact” in the course of the 11th annual CGI meeting in New York. The Head of State noted that global security depended on successful resolution of the situation in Ukraine.
“Of course, I cannot accept that, but if Ukraine theoretically loses this war, global security will be destroyed. For sure. Thus, it is our joint action for peace and security in the world,” the President emphasized.
“After the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the east of Ukraine, we are living in an absolutely different world. Global security system doesn’t work anymore. The UN Security Council doesn’t work the way it should,” the President said. According to him, Ukraine urgently needs Transatlantic unity and solidarity. The President emphasized that Ukrainians were fighting not only for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country. “We are fighting for freedom and democracy of the whole world,” he said.
The President noted that Ukraine needed assistance in the enhancement of its defense. According to him, Ukraine needs not lethal weapons, but means of electronic warfare. “Ukraine is an outpost of global security and freedom. And these additional investments are the investments in freedom and security of Europe and the entire world,” Petro Poroshenko stated.
The President underlined the importance for Ukraine to remain the top priority for global democracy.
“Issues of Syria, ISIS, North Korea and other problems shouldn’t overshadow the priority of the Ukrainian issue, because these 45 million people want to be and will be the European nation with the highest democracy and freedom standards,” Petro Poroshenko said.
“I have a very strong bias that a strong, independent, peaceful, secure Ukraine being a bridge between Russia and Europe,” the 42nd President of the United States said inviting the Ukrainian President to deliver a speech.
Petro Poroshenko thanked Bill Clinton for a “unique opportunity to deliver the information about the situation in Ukraine for the sake of global security and peace”.
The Head of State informed on the most important achievements that are currently taking place in Ukraine in the context of reforms. The President emphasized that the Ukrainian authorities had been significantly renewed at the cost of civil activists and foreign experts. Much is being done to create an atmosphere of investors’ trust in Ukraine. “Every dollar invested in the economy of Ukraine will be invested not only in the future profit, but also in peace, freedom and democracy. We are waiting for the investors,” the Head of State said.
In his turn, U.S. President Bill Clinton reminded that one of his goals during the presidency had been to get all the nuclear weapons out of all the new countries of the former Soviet Union. He reminded that Ukraine had owned the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world but had given it up and the memorandum had been signed in which “President of Russia Boris Yeltsin guaranteed that Ukraine’s territorial integrity would be honored”. “And when the crisis over Crimea developed, the Russian position was that President Yeltsin had never submitted that to the Duma, it was not ratified, therefore as a matter of law it was not a treaty, it was just an agreement and future Russian Presidents were not bound to honor it,” Bill Clinton noted.