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Miroslav Lajčák Speaks at the YES Annual Meeting in Kiev

Miroslav Lajčák Speaks at the YES Annual Meeting in Kiev

14.9.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Today (14 September 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) continued his visit to Ukraine, where he met with the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Ivan Bakanov.  “Ukraine is our biggest neighbour, and it is important to us that your country is stable and safe,” stated Miroslav Lajčák. He also underlined the significance of restarting the implementation of the Minsk Agreements as an important instrument for the elimination of tension in Ukraine. The minister appreciated that the Ukrainian leadership has clearly declared their orientation towards the Western partners and added that it is in our interest to continue the dialogue with Kiev at the highest political level of NATO.  


The chief Slovak diplomat spoke today in Kiev at the 16th YES (Yalta European Strategy) Annual Meeting.  As part of this meeting, several significant international officials delivered their remarks. In his remarks, that Miroslav Lajčák delivered in the panel “First Security then Happiness: The Strategic Situation in Ukraine,” he emphasized that the security of every country is closely linked to its internal political stability and economic prosperity. “The defence capability of a country which is stable in terms of internal politics and has a prosperous economy is geometrically higher than that of a country in the state of crisis,” stated Miroslav Lajčák, who added that peace, in this regard, is a key factor. From this viewpoint, Ukraine has found itself in a difficult situation, not only facing an armed conflict but also hybrid attacks. A way to resolve the situation is, according to the chief Slovak diplomat, the implementation of the Minsk agreements. He recognized, in this regard, that the situation after the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine has improved, and that there is a will to constructively seek a way to resolve the conflict in Donbas peacefully. He also stressed that the principal factor in this regard is that there is a sufficient political will of all participating parties.