News - 2017.03.30 - Cameron visit

Photo: the Administration of the President of Ukraine (c) 2017

David Cameron and Lord Risby meet with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv

30 March 2017

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron and the British Ukrainian Society Chairman Lord Risby visited Kyiv on 28-29 March 2017.

Their visit included meetings with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, as well as a number of civil society engagements organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

President Poroshenko thanked Mr Cameron for his active support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for UK’s financial and expert assistance in implementation of reforms, training of Ukraine’s armed forces and improvement of humanitarian situation in the country.

They also discussed the questions of maintaining economic sanctions against Russia for its aggression towards Ukraine and implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

Prime Minister Groysman updated Mr Cameron and Lord Risby on the Ukrainian government’s mid-term strategy that includes a pension reform and improvement of privatisation regulations.

David Cameron expressed his satisfaction that Ukraine has become independent from supplies of Russian natural gas and congratulated Mr Groysman that, despite the difficult security situation in the east of the country, Ukraine’s economy is growing.

At the invitation of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, David Cameron gave a public lecture titled “Ukraine’s Place in a Changing World” at the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Lord Risby and David Cameron were also given a tour of the Pinchuk Art Centre.