world should be united and maintain a responsible attitude to assess the security
challenges and violation of international law, Ukraine is facing today. Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman
stated this during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington
on Thursday, 16 June.
the 21st century, Ukraine is experiencing unprecedented aggression from the
Russian Federation. Russia
annexed part of our territory – Crimea and invaded on the territory of Ukraine
- Ukrainian Donbas. In
times like this, it is very important for the civilized world to maintain a
responsible attitude to the challenges in our society," he pointed out.
Minister stressed that we viewed the sanctions against Russia as
"punishment for invading a sovereign state in the 21st century."
question about the existence of any grounds for the annexation of Crimea by
Russia, the Prime Minister underlined that Crimea is Ukraine. "No
poll can be a ground for changing the borders of a sovereign country in the
21st century. This
is extremely important," he highlighted. Volodymyr
Groysman also noted that any so-called social polls
cannot "in any way affect the territorial integrity" of the Ukrainian
The Head of
Government noted that Ukraine has always been a peace-loving country and didn’t
violate the borders of other states.
question about "$ 3 million debt of Viktor Yanukovych",
Volodymyr Groysman pointed
out this issue should be resolved in a legal way. According
to him, now appropriate legal procedures are being developed and they must determine
the further cooperation between the two countries, particularly on the issue.
"I think that,
in reality, Russia has huge debts to Ukraine. In
particular, I deem that they could be somehow decreased by the de-occupation of
Crimea and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territories of [eastern
think it would be a good basis for further settlement of the financial debts,"