Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provides clear message of support to Ukraine at 10th Annual Meeting of YES

21 September 2013

Hillary Clinton welcomes unanimity of government and opposition in Ukraine as the country gets close to signing the Association Agreement with the  European Union

The former US Secretary of State (2009-2013), Hillary Clinton, welcomes the unanimity shown by the Ukrainian government and those in opposition on the issue of the country’s proposed integration with Europe.

“I was glad to hear the news that the Cabinet of Ministers has already approved the wording of the Association Agreement – this is a very important procedural document. Political leaders representing very different political views, and very different  regions have united under the guidance of the President to achieve this important goal”, said the US ex-Secretary of State at the 10th Annual Meeting of YES “Changing Ukraine in a Changing World: Factors of Success” on Friday evening in Yalta.

The forum’s special guest also noted that the USA is  willing to remain a friend and partner of Ukraine.

The integration of Ukraine into Europe will benefit the entire world – Hillary Clinton

Signing the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will benefit not only the parties but the rest of the world too, stated former US Secretary of State (2009-2013), Hillary Clinton, at the 10th Annual Meeting of YES “Changing Ukraine in a Changing World: Factors of Success” on Friday evening in Yalta, Crimea.

“We, the USA, are for Ukraine’s integration into Europe. Closer relations between  Ukraine and the European Union will be of benefit both for Ukraine and Europe, and the whole world. The Association and Free Trade Agreement will mean modernization of trade relations between Ukraine and the huge global market”, said the special guest at the forum.

Hillary Clinton also noted that Ukraine possesses enormous economic potential. “The list of natural resources which Ukraine is rich in includes, the natural and shale gas that provides it with the opportunity to move forward and become an energy independent country, its  agricultural products and its excellent chocolate sweets which could, and should, be exported to many countries all over the world. These huge resources say a lot for Ukraine’s great  future”, she said.

The 10th Yalta Annual Meeting is streamed live at and in English and Ukrainian on September 20th and 21st.

Live Webcasts will also be available on the websites of ICTV (, Channel 5 (, «Kommersant» newspaper (, as well as the online edition of "Ukrainska Pravda» (

The official Twitter of the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting: @yes_ukraine, hashtag: #yalta2013

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Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the largest social institution of public diplomacy in Eastern Europe, providing an open and equal dialogue on global issues affecting the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. This non-partisan organisation was established in 2004 by the Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk.

The YES Annual Meetings held in Yalta’s Livadia Palace have become an open platform to discuss and look for new ideas and views on paths to European, Ukrainian and global development. Every year these meetings bring together over 200 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 20 countries.  The dialogue on global challenges broadens the vision on the situation inside Ukraine and the prospects for the country’s development in the modern world. It is also an incentive to find common ground between countries, common interests and values.

At the YES Annual Meetings the world's top opinion leaders present their visions of current and future trends which impact all spheres of life of society. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the events were opened by Presidents Viktor Yanukovych, Bronislaw Komorowski, Shimon Peres and Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. YES Annual Meetings key speakers have included Mykola Azarov, Kofi Annan, Egemen Bagis, Carl Bildt, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, James Wolfensohn, Newt Gingrich, Herman Gref, Arkadiy Dvorkovich,  Robert Zoellick, Bill Clinton, Paul Krugman,
Alexei Kudrin, Leonid Kuchma, Yuri Milner, Condoleezza Rice, Lawrence Summers, Radoslaw Sikorski, Javier Solana, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Shashi Tharoor, Strobe Talbott, Niall Ferguson, Vladimir Filat, Joschka Fischer, Stefan Fule, Gerhard Schroeder, Muhammad Yunus and many others.

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Victor Pinchuk Foundation is an international, private and non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. It was established in 2006 by businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change-makers of tomorrow. To achieve this, projects are developed and partnerships are built in Ukraine and worldwide.

in people, to boost human capital;
in society, to promote social responsibility;
in the world, to foster a more integrated world.

The projects of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation include, among others: the network of neonatal centers Cradles of Hope, the largest private scholarship programme in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA, the WorldWideStudies scholarship programme for Ukrainian students studying abroad, the centre for contemporary art PinchukArtCentre with its biannual prizes Future Generation Art Prize and PinchukArtCentre Prize. The foundation also hosts the Davos Philanthropic Roundtable and Davos Ukrainian Lunch organized each year at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum and supports the international network YES (Yalta European Strategy) to foster Ukraine’s European and global integration, as well as a startup online platform for fostering philanthropy in Ukraine, the Philanthropic Marketplace. The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum. It cooperates with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Peres Center for Peace, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and other nongovernmental organizations.

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Alexei Kudrin
Alexei Kudrin
Professor, Dean, Saint Petersburg State University, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation (2000-2011), 9th YES Annual Meeting, 2012
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