Ukraine will be easier to convince the EU to extend sanctions against Russia, if Kiev will demonstrate progress in implementing reforms and combating corruption. This opinion was expressed by former NATO Secretary General and now a freelance adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Reuters.
Rasmussen noted that the extension of sanctions is the only way to exert pressure on Russia in the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass.
“From the representatives of Western countries, I know that their willingness to extend sanctions connected with the Ukraine’s readiness to actually carry out comprehensive reforms,” Rasmussen said.
“So my goal as adviser to the President to establish two-way interaction. On the one hand the European leaders I’m convinced that Ukrainians have already conducted serious reforms,” he said. “On the other, I’ll inform the President about what I say to my interlocutors, is that the Ukrainian authorities clearly understood that is a priority in Western capitals,” —said Rasmussen.
Former NATO Secretary General added that “the current Ukrainian government under President Poroshenko has carried out more reforms than were conducted over the last 20 years.” “But, of course, to continue to support the West it is important that the reform process continued. And so you need to keep moving forward,” he added.
This week Poroshenko has appointed Rasmussen to be his adviser.