Ukraine could integrate with Europe and yet not fall out with Russia – Bill Clinton

Ukraine could sign the Association Agreement with the European Union and still preserve partnership relations with Russia, thinks 42nd US President (1993-2001), Bill Clinton.


Ukraine could sign the Association Agreement with the European Union and still preserve partnership relations with Russia, thinks 42nd US President (1993-2001), Bill Clinton.


“I think it is perfectly possible for you to coexist with Russia and be in association with the European Union or be a member of the European Union. Your history has good examples of relationships with both parties,” said the former American leader during the discussion “The World of Tomorrow: Designs by Visionary Leaders” at the 10th Annual Meeting of YES “Changing Ukraine in a Changing World: Factors of Success” in the Livadia Palace, Crimea, on Friday.


73rd UK Prime Minister (1997-2007) Tony Blair, in turn, said, “Ukraine is a country possessing astonishing economic and geographic potential that is already oriented to Europe in its thinking.  I hope you can consolidate all these things. I agree with President Clinton: we will work together with you and help you on your way. Some problems will have to be resolved along the path to the Association Agreement. But I would like it to be signed, and for the Ukrainian President to be sitting at the table in Europe in the near future,” he finished.


President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė officially opened the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting on September 20th. They presented their visions on how to create synergies for Wider Europe.


The 10th Yalta Annual Meeting will focus on factors of success that create strong, competitive, sustainable and fair countries and societies. Among the topics will be the global economy, energy security, threats and innovations transforming our lives, as well as successful leadership approaches. Special attention will be paid to the future of Wider Europe and Ukraine’s cooperation and integration perspectives.


Among the speakers are Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy; Sergey Glazyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Kairat Kelimbetov, Vice Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine (1994 – 2005); Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES; Mario Monti, 54th Prime Minister of Italy (2011 – 2012); Ronald Noble, Secretary General Interpol; Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired), Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2011 – 2012); Bill Richardson, 30th Governor of New Mexico, 9th United States Secretary of Energy (1998 – 2001); Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1998-2005); Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland; Javier Solana, EU High Representative for CFSR (1999-2009), member of the Board of YES; and Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe.


Speakers also include leading businessmen, economists and experts: Andrei Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank; Daphne Koller, Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Coursera; Pascal Lamy, former Director General, WTO (2005 – 2013); Nouriel Roubini, Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University; Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Michio Kaku, physicist and futurist; Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2007-2011); Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times;  Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank (2007-2012); and others.


In addition to President Yanukovych, Ukraine is represented by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Yuriy Boyko, Vice Prime Minister; and Leonid Kozhara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, among others.


Chrystia Freeland, Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and former Editor of Consumer News, Thomson Reuters (2013), will moderate panel discussions on September 20th; Stephen Sackur, journalist and Host of HARDtalk, BBC, will moderate on September 21st.


The 10th Yalta Annual Meeting is streamed live at korrespondent.net and yes-ukraine.org in English and Ukrainian on September 20th and 21st.


Live Webcasts will also be available on the websites of ICTV (ictv.ua), Channel 5 (5.ua), «Kommersant» newspaper (kommersant.ua), as well as the online edition of "Ukrainska Pravda» (pravda.com.ua).


The official Twitter of the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting: @yes_ukraine, hashtag: #yalta2013