15:16 May. 23, 2016
Geoffrey Pyatt assures Washington will continue to support Ukraine's territorial integrity
American Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt says his nation is united with the E.U. when it comes to supporting democratic forces in Ukraine.
According to the U.S. Embassy's press release, Pyatt delivered the message in a speech at the Institute of World Policy's Ukraine-E.U. Conference.
"The policy of the United States for 25 years, which will not change, regardless of what happens in our elections, is to support the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace. And that goal cannot be achieved until and unless Ukraine is whole, free and at peace," the diplomat stated.
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The Ambassador assured that after two and a half years, there can be no doubt that Ukraine is a part of Europe and its future is tightly connected with the European family.
"That is a vision that brought hundreds of thousands of people together on the Maidan, through those bitter cold evenings and the violence that was inflicted, in pursuit of a European vision, in pursuit of structures of governance that meet European standards, free of kleptocracy, corruption, founded in European institutions and European values," Pyatt continued.
He added the Ukrainians themselves should build and define their future but not Russia or anybody else.
"Only the Ukrainian people get to choose their future. It's not to be decided in Moscow, and it certainly not to be decided in the Kremlin. It's the Ukrainian people, 45 million Ukrainians, who need to chart their own future," as he further claimed.
According to the U.S. Ambassador, one of the many strategical mistakes made by Putin is that he underestimated the solidarity among all the countries of G7 and the European partners.