President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine had a meeting with the Atlantic Council delegation

30 May 2023 - 18:53

President of Ukraine had a meeting with the Atlantic Council delegation

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with a delegation of the Atlantic Council, a leading American non-governmental think tank, led by the organization's CEO Frederick Kempe.

The delegation consisted of Board members John Rogers, David Petraeus and John Herbst.

The Head of State thanked for the visit to Ukraine, which is another important signal of support from the United States.

"I thank President Biden and the entire American people for their strong support of Ukraine from the very beginning of Russian aggression. We appreciate the bicameral and bipartisan support of the U.S. Congress," Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.

He noted that Ukraine defends democratic values shared by both states and our peoples.

"This is a fight for freedom, for the future of the world," the President said.

At the request of the Atlantic Council representatives, the Head of State informed them of the main defense needs of Ukraine. He also praised the decision of U.S. President Joseph Biden to launch an aviation coalition and start training Ukrainian pilots on modern Western fighter jets.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed about the situation on the frontline and gave a prediction of its development in the near future. He emphasized that in recent days, the Russian aggressor had significantly intensified its missile terror and was conducting massive strikes on Ukrainian cities, primarily on civilian infrastructure and civilians.

During the meeting, the issue of Ukraine's expectations from the NATO Summit in Vilnius was raised. The President emphasized that it is important for Ukraine to receive a clear signal about the prospects of membership in the Alliance.

"This will be a powerful motivational factor for our army, for the entire Ukrainian people," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

He also told the Atlantic Council delegation about the progress of reforms in our country, which continue despite Russian aggression.

At the end of the meeting, Frederick Kempe presented the President with the Global Citizen Award, with which the Atlantic Council honors the world leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of transatlantic relations.

"This is an honor for the entire Ukrainian people. For their courage and heroic struggle," the Head of State emphasized receiving the award.