"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 Russia."
"Russia supplies 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 stressed the need to maintain unity between the EU and US to "actboldly 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."
You can watch the video of Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s interview to CNN here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=43&v=A-WDevQtT-4