Photo: The Kyiv City State Administration (c) 2014
Vitali Klitschko met with Boris Johnson and David Lidington on invitation from the British Ukrainian Society
10 December 2014
On 10 December 2014, as part of his visit to London, the Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko held meetings with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, British Minister for Europe David Lidington, and a group of British MPs led by John Whittingdale, Chairman of the British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group and Member of the Advisory Board of the British Ukrainian Society.
Vitali Klitschko’s meetings with the top-level British politicians were arranged on invitation and with support from the British Ukrainian Society.
In course of his meeting with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Vitali Klitschko discussed opportunities for cooperation between the two capital cities and explored London’s experience and expertise in improving its infrastructure and resolving its transportation problems.
“Learning from the successful experience of such a large city as London may benefit us greatly in developing Kyiv,” explained the Mayor of Ukraine’s capital city. “We are looking to cooperate with London on such issues as city management, implementing new technologies, systemic improvement of transport infrastructure, as well as attracting investments. This is the kind of support we would like to receive.”
On his part, Boris Johnson assured that London is ready to support Kyiv and share its experience with Vitali Klitschko’s management team. The Mayor of London also agreed to visit Kyiv on invitation from his Ukrainian counterpart.
Being the leader of UDAR, a Ukrainian political party, Vitali Klitschko also met with David Lidington, the British Minister for Europe. Among the subjects of discussions during the meeting were the questions of internally displaced people in Ukraine and coordination of their support.
Vitali Klitschko underlined that Ukraine made its choice of the European path of the country’s development, and it urgently needs to overcome its dependence on Russia. “The aggression against Ukraine is first and foremost related to the European choice of our country. This is not merely a local conflict in Donbass. This is a war that threatens to destabilise Europe. Therefore, Europe needs to stay united to avoid this threat,” said the leader of UDAR.
David Lidington acknowledged that Ukraine took an important decision to follow the European path. “The United Kingdom supports the right of Ukraine to determine its future and take its own decisions irrespective of external influences. It is also important now that Europe and the world have access to an objective and unbiased information about the real events happening in Ukraine,” stressed the British Minister for Europe.
In course of his visit to London, Vitali Klitschko also took part in the Adam Smith Conferences’ Ukrainian Investment Summit, as well as meeting a group of British MPs interested in developing bilateral relations between the UK and Ukraine. The group was led by John Whittingdale MP, Chairman of the British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group and Member of the Advisory Board of the British Ukrainian Society.