Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine opened the VIII
Security Forum in Washington, D.C., which was held at the Library of Congress.
Pavlo Klimkin thanked the U.S. Congress for bipartisan
support of Ukraine, which is of great significance for the security of Ukraine
and the world. He underlined the practical value of American assistance aimed
at strengthening defense capabilities of Ukraine.
Namely, the Minister noted the productive training of Ukrainian military by
U.S. instructors. He emphasized that Ukraine’s Armed Forces have proven their
combat effectiveness and readiness to deter Russian aggression, which was once
again shown during recent escalation due to the actions of Russian-terrorist
forces in Avdiivka.
Pavlo Klimkin also emphasized that peace in Donbas could be
renewed only when Russia fulfils its obligations under Minsk Agreements. “First
and foremost, this concerns the ceasefire, access of international observers
who would have the possibility to carry out monitoring and verification,
withdrawal of arms and release of hostages.” The Minister also emphasized the
need to de-occupy Crimea and restore territorial integrity of Ukraine.