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Friends
of Ukraine

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.

Friends of Ukraine - Rasmussen Global

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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.

Members

Marieluise
Beck

Germany
  • Member of the German Bundestag

Carl
Bildt

Sweden
  • Foreign Minister 2006-2014
  • Prime Minister 1991-1994

Włodzimierz
Cimoszewicz

Poland
  • Foreign Minister 2001-2005
  • Prime Minister 1996-1997

Pat
Cox

Ireland
  • President of the European Parliament 2002-2004

Mikuláš
Dzurinda

Slovakia
  • Foreign Minister 2010-2012
  • Prime Minister 1998-2006

Toomas
Hendrik Ilves

Estonia
  • President 2006-2016

Hans-Gert
Pöttering

Germany
  • President of the European Parliament 2007-2009

Sir Malcolm
Rifkind

United Kingdom
  • Foreign Secretary 1995-1997
  • Defence Secretary 1992-1995

Anders Fogh
Rasmussen

Denmark
  • Secretary General of NATO 2009-2014
  • Prime Minister 2001-2009

Vygaudas
Ušackas

Lithuania
  • EU Ambassador to Russia 2013-2017
  • Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs 2008-2010

Alexander
Vershbow

United States
  • Deputy Secretary General of NATO 2012-2016

Pierre
Vimont

France
  • Secretary General of European External Action Service 2010-2015
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