Security Forum: Experts, politicians, diplomats from U.S.-Ukraine present 12 points to strengthen strategic partnership

Canan Kevser
11 March 2021, 16:26
Canan Kevser
11 March 2021, 16:26

American and Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, experts and public figures presented "Twelve Points of Strategic Partnership Between the United States and Ukraine" at the Kyiv Security Forum organised by Open Ukraine Foundation on Wednesday.

President Joseph Biden and the new U.S. administration represent an opportunity to deepen the strategic partnership and commitments between the United States and Ukraine, reads the report.

According to the document, Biden has been an ardent supporter of the Ukrainian people and their democratic aspirations and understands the significance of a secure, independent, and prosperous Ukraine.

"We, American and Ukrainian politicians and diplomats, former officials, policy experts, and civil activists, strongly encourage the U.S. and Ukrainian governments to develop an ambitious and comprehensive agenda that deepens our strategic relationship," the group stated.

The report added that the agenda should advance mutual interests, contribute to the strengthening of security and stability in central and eastern Europe, promote Ukraine’s further integration into the European Union and accession to NATO, and outline and prioritize transformational democratic reforms necessary for Ukraine’s full economic development and progress on the transatlantic track.

"We note that support for Ukraine and a robust U.S.-Ukraine relationship has broad political support in the United States, including among both Democrats and Republicans. Likewise, there is wide support in Ukraine for a strong relationship with the United States."

The report outlined the key elements as follows:

  1. An unbending mutual commitment to enhance democratic values must remain at the core of the U.S.-Ukrainian relationship.
  2. The U.S. and Ukraine should cooperate on measures to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and deter further Russian aggression.
  3. The U.S. and Ukraine should consult closely on how to change the Kremlin’s calculation of the costs and benefits regarding the ongoing aggression.
  4. Biden administration should consider whether more active senior-level U.S. involvement in the process now led by the German chancellor and French president could facilitate a true end to the conflict in the Donbas.
  5. The U.S. and Ukraine should also consult on political, diplomatic, and economic steps that can be taken to restore Crimea to Ukraine.
  6. The two states should consult on steps to enhance security and stability in the Black Sea region including with support of NATO and European partners.
  7. The parties should exchange lessons learned from their respective experiences combatting Russian hybrid warfare including political interference, disinformation and cyber incursions.
  8. The U.S. and Ukraine should consult on how to build a unified transatlantic stance against the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
  9. Two states should cooperate to advance Ukraine’s integration into NATO, with the ultimate aim of achieving Kyiv’s goal of NATO membership.
  10. A renewed U.S.-Ukrainian partnership is tied to the Ukrainian government’s willingness to rapidly implement and uphold transformational democratic reforms.
  11. Ukraine should eliminate the outsize political influence of oligarchs to establish the rule of law with fair economic rules.
  12. The U.S. together with the international financial institutions should provide assistance to help Ukraine build a modern democratic economy that is fully compatible with the EU standards.

A total of 71 individuals signed the relevant document, including 28 persons from the U.S. and 43 persons from Ukraine.