Ukraine – United States: We Want to Be Heard

04 June 2020, 12:13

New Kyiv Security Forum online discussion organized in partnership with the Atlantic Council, will be broadcasted on June 5, 2020 at 3 pm.

The conversation of politicians, diplomats and experts is devoted to the most important problems of Ukrainian-American relations.

On May 24, in response to the initiative of the Kyiv Security Forum, dozens of prominent Ukrainians signed the statement to politicians and nations in both countries about the importance of protecting the Ukrainian-American strategic partnership from hostile provocations and divisions.

A statement issued by seven former United States ambassadors to Ukraine calling to counter attempts to harm our partnership, was a response to the mentioned above initiative.

This exchange of messages is a unique connection across the Atlantic, which emphasizes our solidarity in these challenging and difficult times.

  • Who wants to undermine the partnership between Ukraine and the United States?
  • Why anti-Western sentiments are being inflamed in Ukraine?
  • How to counteract Moscow's provocations?

The online discussion will revolve around these key issues.

Participants of the discussion:

John Herbst, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ukraine (2003-2006), director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center;

Celeste WallanderSpecial Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia/Eurasia on the National Security Council (2013-2017), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia (2009 to July 2012);

Steven Pifer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ukraine (1998-2000), William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies;

William Taylor, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ukraine (2006-2009), Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the United States Embassy in Ukraine (2019-2020), vice president at the United States Institute of Peace;

Ivannna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Integration of Ukraine to the EU;

Vitaly Portnikov, journalist, publicist;

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Chairman of the Kyiv Security Forum, Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2014-16;

Danylo Lubkivsky, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine and member of the Board of Open Ukraine Foundation (moderator).


Please join us for the broadcast on June 5 at 3:00 pm on:

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Kyiv Security Forum is Ukraine’s foremost platform for high-level international discussion about peace and security. Kyiv Security Forum was founded in 2007.