Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine needs not money or arms from international partners, but unity and solidarity

Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine needs not money or arms from international partners, but unity and solidarity
16 September 2016

Ukraine, above all, needs international partners to display unity and solidarity with it, rather than being offered money, arms or advisers - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said in his speech to the 13th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy on its first session day.

“When I meet European leaders, they ask me: what are you expecting from us? It’s not money, that is not our first need, neither are arms or advisers. We need your unity and solidarity with Ukraine,” he said.

According to Poroshenko, it is time to understand that there is no longer a comfort zone where one can find safe haven from global challenges and threats.

“This comfort zone simply does not exist. When one state is trying to seize a part of another state’s sovereign territory, this must be a concern for all European states, for the whole global civilisation. Because it is clear that no-one can guarantee that tomorrow someone will not try to do this with another state,” he said.

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Carl Bildt
Carl Bildt
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, 9th YES Annual Meeting, 2012
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