During that meeting which were attended by more than 60 experts were discussed domestic and external challenges and opportunities that Ukraine is currently facing.
Among the most important topics for discussions were the Russian aggression against Ukraine, implementation of the Minsk provisions, steps the Ukrainian government is taking to reform economically and politically as well as broader issues of Russia's approach to Ukraine, the former Soviet space, and Europe.
In his address Ambassador Chaly underlined that Ukraine is a coherent and committed implementer of the Minsk arrangements, while Russia and the Russian-backed separatists are violating an every single point of the Minsk. According to the Ambassador, the uncontrolled border remains one of biggest instability factors. The key requirements for Ukraine are to have free and fair elections in Donbass under the complete cease-fire, with the weapons withdrawn and hostages released. Then it is key to have the Ukrainian legislation and the OSCE standards upheld, IDPs, Ukrainian parties and media to have access to the election process.
Valeriy Chaly expressed gratitude for the US position regarding sanctions against Russia and underlined that it is crucial that they remain until the Minsk is implemented in full, where the final stage is the reinstatement of the Ukrainian control over its state border.
Ambassador Valeriy Chaly stressed that Ukraine is moving forward with reforms implementation. Fight against corruption has become one of key pillars of the Ukrainian reforms process. He highlighted that a strong and democratized Ukraine, cleansed from corruption and embraced by Western partners will be the strongest deterrence against the ongoing Russian aggression and a key not only to Ukraine’s peace but to the security of the European region and international order.