We aim to contribute to a more strategic and balanced debate on Ukraine across Western capitals and provide advice on the reform efforts in Kyiv.
The Friends of Ukraine group brings together former heads of state and government and senior officials. It has been convened by Anders Fogh Rasmussen as part of his role as external advisor to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.
Friends of ukraine group
As external advisor to President Petro Poroshenko, Anders Fogh Rasmussen convened the Friends of Ukraine bringing together a group of leading politicians and former senior diplomats. The group seeks to make the case for why a reformed and European Ukraine matters.
The Friends of Ukraine Group coordinates future outreach activities aimed at keeping a strategic and balanced debate while at the same time helping to relay advice from western capitals to President Poroshenko. This includes high-level meetings in the EU and the US with a focus on reforms, anticorruption, privatization, the situation in the East and the Minsk process, and NATO-Ukraine cooperation as well as media outreach. The group meets with President Poroshenko several times a year.
During its initial meeting the Group discussed the security situation in Ukraine and Western involvement in the resolution of the conflict in the east, including the extension of the sanctions regime. The Friends of Ukraine Group issued a declaration which calls for a bolder approach towards Russia and greater support for Ukraine and its reforms.
The Friends of Ukraine Group has met several times in 2017 in Kyiv, Munich and Brussels. During its recent visit to Ukraine, several members of the Group visited the Line of Contact in Eastern Ukraine where they met local soldiers and commanders of the Ukrainian forces to discuss the humanitarian and security situation on the ground.
- Member of the German Bundestag
- Foreign Minister 2006-2014
- Prime Minister 1991-1994
- Foreign Minister 2001-2005
- Prime Minister 1996-1997
- President of the European Parliament 2002-2004
- Foreign Minister 2010-2012
- Prime Minister 1998-2006
- President 2006-2016
- President of the European Parliament 2007-2009
- Foreign Secretary 1995-1997
- Defence Secretary 1992-1995
- Secretary General of NATO 2009-2014
- Prime Minister 2001-2009
- EU Ambassador to Russia 2013-2017
- Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs 2008-2010
- Deputy Secretary General of NATO 2012-2016
- Secretary General of European External Action Service 2010-2015
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