The only answer on how to achieve sustainable peace and stability in Europe is to expand the borders of the European Union and NATO, according to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the head of the Kyiv Security Forum(KSF)and Ukraine's prime minister in 2014-2016.
"This should be the key idea of the joint EU-US mission - to achieve long-lasting peace and stability throughout Europe and in Ukraine," he said at the opening of the Kyiv Security Forum on October 23.
Yatsenyuk stressed that Russia's military aggression against Ukraine has not been stopped: "Ukraine is fighting for its freedom. Ukraine is fighting for peace."
"Ukraine needs sustainable peace. Peace under Ukrainian terms. Not through capitulation and oppression. Not under Russian conditions. Only through Ukraine's getting back its historical, legal and legitimate territories: Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea. In order for Ukraine to receive real, not imaginary security guarantees, which was the case with the Budapest Memorandum. In order for Ukraine to be a united and strong nation," Yatsenyuk said.
He said the purpose of the Forum was also to appeal to Ukraine's European and American partners.
"It is a high time for the EU and the US to take a decision on setting up a high-level task force which would aim at finishing the historic unification of Europe. It's not a kind of the United Nations. It has to be a united mission. A united mission of Americans and Europeans to accomplish and to finalize the unification of Europe," he said.
Yatseniuk expressed hope that such a task force will emerge, including after the US elections.
"The agenda must now be aimed at the completion of the historic unification of Europe and the establishment of a comprehensive long-lasting peace throughout Eastern Europe, deterring Russian aggression, and expanding the borders of the free world," Yatsenyuk said.