"The best way to
respond to President Putin - to show that Ukraine is a successful and flourishing
European state that is supported by the US," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined in
an interview with CNN during his working visit to Washington.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the
Government of Ukraine passed through "difficult and painful reforms":
"We want to make the country better. We want
to improve our investment climate."
He called on US
investors to come to Ukraine, "US investors in Ukraine will be another
protective shield. This
is the way how to boost our economy and how to make Ukraine a success story,"
the Prime Minister emphasized.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk welcomed the
decision of the US Government to send to Ukraine military in order to train the
National Guard of Ukraine and provide technical assistance in the form of
electronic equipment, "But we need more, mainly the defensive weapon to detain
terrorists with hundreds of tanks, hundreds of guns, modern artillery, even
SA-11, SA-15 and SA-22. More than
10,000 Russian military boots are on the Ukraine’s soil. And,
in addition, about 30,000 of Russia-led terrorists trained by Russian FSB and Russian
army," he said.
The Prime Minister
stressed that President Putin "is fighting not just with Ukraine, he is
fighting with the entire free world": "You have to understand that
Russia is a threat to the US, EU and world order."
The only solution for
de-escalation of the situation which is now on the agenda, he stressed – as of
today – is the Minsk agreements: "But in order to make this solution
viable and to implement the Minsk deal, we need to underpin the diplomatic
efforts with the strong, durable Ukrainian military."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the USA is
the leader of the free world, "the US is a country of real democracy, real
freedoms and liberties. So
you are to defend the world, you are to protect the world,
you are to support Ukraine, as we stick to the same values and to the same ideas, as you are."
He stressed the need
to maintain unity between the EU and US to "act boldly and wisely together
against Russian aggression": "It’s up to the free world to stop this
Russia-led aggression and to make Russia pay the price and obey international
law and order."